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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)

15 March 2018

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.

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Accomasso, L., Cristallini, C., Giachino, C., 2018. Risk Assessment and Risk Minimization in Nanomedicine: A Need for Predictive, Alternative, and 3Rs Strategies. Front Pharmacol 9.


14 March 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

Abidli, S., Antunes, J.C., Ferreira, J.L., Lahbib, Y., Sobral, P., Trigui El Menif, N., 2018. Microplastics in sediments from the littoral zone of the north Tunisian coast (Mediterranean Sea). Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 205, 1-9.

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