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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:

the conversation logo Hartl, M. (2018) WhyClimate Change is Making Pollution Monitoring More Difficult



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 124: 112-120.

Latest Citations: h-index (Google Scholar): 16

04 January 2019

Davoren, M., Ni Shuilleabhain, S., O'Halloran, J., Hartl, M.G.J., Sheehan, D., O'Brien, N.M., Van Pelt, F.N.A.M., Mothersill, C., 2005. A Test Battery Approach for the Ecotoxicological Evaluation of Estuarine Sediments. Ecotoxicol. 14, 741-755.

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Vo, N.T.K., Seymour, C.B., Mothersill, C.E., 2018. The common field lampricide 3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol is a potential radiosensitizer in fish cells. Environ Res.


Hartl, M.G.J., Hutchinson, S., Hawkins, L.E., 2001. Organotin and osmoregulation: quantifying the effects of sediment-associated TBT and TPhT on freshwater-adapted European flounders (Platichthys flesus L.). J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 256, 267-278.

cited by

Sucitha, C., Muthukumaravel, K., Kumarasamy, P., Vasanthi, N., 2018. Impact of Monocrotophos on the Gill Ultrastructure of the Freshwater Fish Oreochromis Mossambicus. J Zool Res. 2, 17-20.


17 December 2018

Blumenröder, J., Sechet, P., Kokkonen, J., Hartl, M.G.J., 2017. Microplastic contamination of intertidal sediments of Scapa Flow, Orkney: a first assessment. Mar Pollut Bull. 130, 293-302.

cited by

Town, R.M., van Leeuwen, H.P., Blust, R., 2018. Biochemodynamic Features of Metal Ions Bound by Micro- and Nano-Plastics in Aquatic Media. Front Chem. 6.

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