Fellow: Collins
Elected: 2024
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor Sinéad Collins
Professor of Microbial Evolution, University of Edinburgh
My goal is to predict how primary producers in the ocean will respond to global change in the coming decades. To do this, I use microbial evolution experiments and simulations to link short-term responses such as phenotypic plasticity and epigenetic changes, to evolution. I also work on how different patterns and numbers of environmental changes affect organismal responses to them. My research is question-driven, and I use whichever model systems are best for each question. Currently, much of our focus is on marine diatoms, which are responsible for about 20% of global primary production, and underpin many marine food webs.