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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. (2017). Climate change: implications for ecotoxicological environmental impact assessment. JEE. 143.







Blumenröder, J., Sechet, P., Kokonnen, J. and Hartl, M. G. J. (2017). 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., (2017). Natural marine bacteria as model organisms for the hazard-assessment of consumer products containing silver nanoparticles. Mar Environ Res 130: 292-302

Latest citation (Google Scholar h-Index: 15)

07 November 2017

Miller, M. A., Bankier, C., Al-Shaeri, M. A. M. and Hartl, M. G. J. (2015). Neutral red cytotoxicity assays for assessing in vivo carbon nanotube ecotoxicity in mussels - Comparing microscope and microplate methods. Mar Pollut Bull. 101, 903-7.


cited by

De Marchi, L., Neto, V., Pretti, C., Figueira, E., Chiellini, F., Morelli, A., Soares, A. M. V. M. and Freitas, R. (2017). Toxic effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on bivalves: Comparison between functionalized and nonfunctionalized nanoparticles. Sci Total Environ.



31 October 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. and Scott-Fordsmand, J. J. (2014). ITS-NANO - Prioritising nanosafety research to develop a stakeholder driven intelligent testing strategy Part Fibre Toxicol. 11,


cited by

Hellack, B., Nickel, C., Albrecht, C., Kuhlbusch, T. A. J., Boland, S., Baeza-Squiban, A., Wohlleben, W. and Schins, R. P. F. (2017). Analytical methods to assess the oxidative potential of nanoparticles: a review. Environ Sci Nano. 4, 1920-1934.

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