Dr Colin Munn is Honorary Fellow at the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth. He has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Birmingham (1971-1974) and was Associate Professor in Microbiology before he retired in 2017. While at Plymouth, Colin was Admissions Tutor for Marine Biology Undergraduate Programmes, Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, and Head of Department of Biological Sciences. He is 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. Colin has particular research interests in the interactions between symbiotic and pathogenic microbes and their hosts. He has studied microbial interactions with plants, invertebrate animals, fish, and humans and is a strong advocate of a comparative approach. His recent research has taken him 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.Colin was a Visiting Professor at James Cook University/Australian Institute of Marine Science (2002), St George's University, Grenada (1998-2002), Central University of Venezuela (1985) and University of Victoria, Canada (1981). He is now a member of the review panel for DEFRA, US SeaGrant, US National Science Foundation, Netherlands Polar Foundation, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Colin is a 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.
The 3rd Edition of this book captures all the recent amazing advances in our understanding of the marine microbiology world but still manages to present the concepts in a an easy, informative and entertaining way that will engage the novice to the expert. What a great book and a fun read. - David Bourne, James Cook University and The Australian Institute of Marine Science It is great to see another edition of the book given that marine microbiology is such a fast moving and scientifically diverse field. Munn's new edition will be a great resource for new students and advanced scientists alike. - Greta Reintjes, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany Reading this textbook has made me realise how much the field of marine microbiology has progressed in recent decades. I recommend this book also to biogeochemists and ecologists in search of the Big Picture of ocean functioning. The many details of interactions emerging from the microbial world are amazing and shed light on the factors driving evolution of these ancient ecosystems. - Victor Smetacek, Professor of Bio-Oceanography and Departmental Head at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven It has been astonishing to see the evolution of this book over the years. With its many 'RESEARCH FOCUS' boxes and 'SIDEBARS', this is more than your usual textbook. It is written in an enthusiastic, thought-provoking manner, encompassing the most up-to-date concepts in marine microbiology. From planktonic tunicates involved in carbon cycling, to viruses infecting other viruses, this essential read has it all! - Jozef I. Nissimov, Lecturer in Microbial Oceanography, SAMS, Scottish Marine Institute, UK