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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: 16)

11 September 2018

Coughlan, B. M., Hartl, M. G. J., O'Reilly, S. J., Sheehan, D., Morthersill, C., van Pelt, F. N. A. M., O'Halloran, J. and O'Brien, N. M. (2002). Detecting genotoxicity using the Comet assay following chronic exposure of Manila clam Tapes semidecussatus to polluted estuarine sediments. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 44, 1359-1365.

cited by

Zendehdel, R., Vahabi, M. and Sedghi, R. (2018). Estimation of formaldehyde occupational exposure limit based on genetic damage in some Iranian exposed workers using benchmark dose method. Environ Sci Pollut Res.


07 September 2018

Hartl, M. G. J. (2015). Fish Ecotoxicology in a Changing World: do we Need New Biomarker Endpoints in Light of Climate Change? Journal of Fisheries 9, 049-051.

cited by

Khan, F. R. (2018). Ecotoxicology in the Anthropocene: Are We Listening to Nature’s Scream? Environ Sci Technol.

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