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 Marine ecotoxicological biomarkers for a cleaner, healthier ocean environment



Dr Hartl is an Associate Professor of Marine Biology, specializing in Marine Ecotoxicology in the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology (CMBB), Institute of Life and Earth Sciences, at Heriot-Watt University. He is also Director of the CMBB and Director of Studies for the MSc cluster in Marine, Environment and Climate Change (s Dr Hartl represents the Marine Alliance for Science & technology, Scotland (MASTS) on the Scottish Government’s Marine Litter Advisory Group Steering Committeere and leads the MASTS Stressors Forum ( He reeived an MSc from the University of Vienna (1996) in Biology (Zoology/Marine Ecology) and a PhD from the University of Southampton (2000). Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College Cork (2001-2006), he took up a position as Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He was president of the Physiology Section of the American Fisheries Society (2010-2012) and served on the Environmental Pollution Review Panel for FORMAS (2011-2014).



Latest Papers:


Connell, S., Fernandes, T. F., Hartl, M. G. J. (in press). Climate change: implications for ecotoxicological environmental impact assessment. JEE. 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001292







Blumenröder, J., Sechet, P., Kokonnen, J. and Hartl, M. G. J. (In press). Microplastic contamination of intertidal sediments of Scapa Flow, Orkney: a first assessment. Mar Pollut Bull DOI:10. 1016/ j. marpolbul. 2017. 07. 009.


Echavarri-Bravo, V., Paterson, L., Aspray, T.J., Porter, J.S., Winson, M.K., Hartl, M.G.J., in press. Natural marine bacteria as model organisms for the hazard-assessment of consumer products containing silver nanoparticles. Mar Environ Resl.

Latest citation (Google Scholar h-Index: 14)

17 August 2017

Stone, V., Pozzi-Mucelli, S., Tran, L., Aschberger, K., Sabella, S., Vogel, U.B., Poland, C., Balharry, D., Fernandes, T., Gottardo, S., Hankin, S., Hartl, M.G.J., Hartmann, N., Hristozov, D., Hund-Rinke, K., Johnston, H., Marcomini, A., Panzer, O., Roncato, D., Saber, A.T., Wallin, H., Scott-Fordsmand, J.J., 2014. ITS-NANO - Prioritising nanosafety research to develop a stakeholder driven intelligent testing strategy Part Fibre Toxicol. 11.


cited by

Ribeiro, A.R., Leite, P.E., Falagan-Lotsch, P., Benetti, F., Micheletti, C., Budtz, H.C., Jacobsen, N.R., Lisboa-Filho, P.N., Rocha, L.A., Kühnel, D., Hristozov, D., Granjeiro, J.M., 2017. Challenges on the toxicological predictions of engineered nanoparticles. NanoImpact. 8, 59-72.



16 August 2017

Ni Shuilleabhain, S., Davoren, M., Mothersill, C., Sheehan, D., Hartl, M.G.J., Kilemade, M., O'Brien, N.M., O'Halloran, J., Van Pelt, F.N.A.M., Lyng, F.M., 2005. Identification of a multi xenobiotic resistance mechanism in primary cultured epidermal cells from Oncorhynchus mykiss and the effects of environmental complex mixtures on its activity. Aquat. Toxicol. 73, 115-127


cited by

Kurth, D., Lips, S., Massei, R., Krauss, M., Luckenbach, T., Schulze, T., Brack, W., 2017. The impact of chemosensitisation on bioaccumulation and sediment toxicity. Chemosphere
















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