Dr Colin Munn
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Dr Colin Munn

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

Honorary Fellow, Marine Institute 


Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD Microbiology, University of Birmingham (1971-1974) 
BSc Hons (First Class Hons) Microbiology, University College London (1968-1971) 
HNC Applied Biology, Brighton Technical College (1966-1968, part-time)

POSTS
Associate Professor in Microbiology (Retired, 2017)
Admissions Tutor for Marine Biology Undergraduate Programmes (2002-2017) 
Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Plymouth (1991 on) 
Head of Department of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth (1994-2001) 
Specialist Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (1998-2000)
Associate Head of Department of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth (1992-1994) 
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Plymouth Polytechnic, Polytechnic Southwest (1974-1991) 

VISITING PROFESSOR
James Cook University/Australian Institute of Marine Science (2002)
St George's University, Grenada (1998-2002) 
Central University of Venezuela (1985) 
University of Victoria, Canada (1981)

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

Garland Computing Educational Software. Partner (1986-1994)
Stafford-Miller Ltd./ PEP Ltd. Consultant microbiologist (1990-1994)
M&E Microbiological & Environmental Consultants. Microbiologist (1985-1990)
Beecham Research Laboratories. Technician/ research assistant (1966-1971

EXTERNAL EXAMINER/ VALIDATION
For PhD/MSc: Universities of Aberdeen, Alagappa, Cork, East Anglia, Galway, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt Edinburgh, Kuwait, London, Newcastle, Open University, Queensland, Stirling, Surrey, Tel Aviv, Venezuela; James Cook University). BSc and MSc programmes: Universities of Brighton, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Manchester Metropolitan University.




Professional membership

Microbiology Society
International Society of Microbial Ecology

Marine Biological Association

Roles on external bodies

Current: Member of review panel for DEFRA, US SeaGrant, US National Science Foundation, Netherlands Polar Foundation, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Referee for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, ISME Journal of Microbial Ecology, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK, Freshwater Biology, Archives of Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Marine Pollution Bulletin, FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 


Previously: Specialist Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Organismal and Molecular Biosciences, 1998-2000). Member of Council (Meetings, Education) European Association of Fish Pathologists (1983-1992). Member of Council, Fisheries Society of the British Isles (1992-1996) . Member of Council, Heads of University Biological Sciences (1996-1999). Associate Editor, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (1995-2001).

Teaching interests

Bacteria, Archaea and viruses constitute over half of the biomass of life on Earth. They were the only form of life for over two thirds of the planet's existence and the development and continued maintenance of all other forms of life depend absolutely on the past and present activities of microbes. I am passionate about teaching the importance of microbes and enabling students to understand the remarkable new discoveries that are revolutionising our understanding of the field. especially in the marine environment. Such knowledge is vital at a time of rapid global change.
 
MBIO120 Introudction to Marine Biology

MBIO121 Life on Earth
BIOL120 Cellular and Microbial Biology
BIOL121 Animal Physiology amd Microbiology
MBIO221 Marine Molecular Biology
MBIO322 I Marine Microbiology - Ecology and Applications'
MBIO314 Biological Oceanography
I also provide special study topics to students in the Peninsula Medical College  on the effects of climate change on the ecology of infectious disease and the role of the human microbiome.

Staff serving as external examiners

For PhD/MSc: Universities of Aberdeen, Alagappa, Cork, East Anglia, Galway, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt Edinburgh, Kuwait, London, Newcastle, Open University, Queensland, Stirling, Surrey, Tel Aviv, Venezuela; James Cook University). Previously External examiner for BSc and MSc programmes (Universities of Brighton, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton)

Research interests

I am fascinated by all aspects of microbiology, with particular interests in interactions between symbiotic and pathogenic microbes and their hosts. I have studied microbial interactions with plants, invertebrate animals, fish, and humans and I am a strong advocate of a comparative approach. My recent research has taken me into various aspects of marine microbiology, including microbes in coral health and disease and the effects of environmental stress on microbial community structure in corals and other marine invertebrates.