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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)

26 June 2018

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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Ivan, D., Kirill, L., Anton, Y., Igor, K., Elena, E., Peter, B., 2018. Disposable luciferase‐based microfluidic chip for rapid assay of water pollution. Luminescence.


25 June 2018

Kilemade, M.F., Hartl, M.G.J., Sheehan, D., Mothersill, C., van Pelt, F., O'Halloran, J., O'Brien, N.M., 2004. Genotoxicity of field-collected inter-tidal sediments from Cork Harbor, Ireland, to juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus L.) as measured by the Comet assay. Environ. Mol. Mutagen. 44, 56-64.

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Miller, J.L., Sherry, J., Parrott, J., Quinn, J.S., 2018. An evaluation of germline mutations and reproductive impacts in fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) exposed to contaminated sediment. Ecotoxicol Environ Safety. 161, 594-601.


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