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 Marine ecotoxicological biomarkers for a cleaner, healthier ocean environment

 

PhD Position on Underwater Sound and Chemical Pollution Research in Different Temperature Contexts

Primary Institution Edinburgh Napier University Department School of Applied Sciences Job Status Full Time PhD Studentship Contract Type Fixed Term 3.5 years   

Applications are invited from those who wish to pursue a PhD on:

Effects of Combined Aquatic Noise and Chemical Pollution on Early Stage Marine Invertebrates in Different Temperature Contexts

Project Description Marine animals must cope with numerous anthropogenic stressors in today’s oceans. These stressors do not act in isolation but can combine additively, synergistically, potentiationally or antagonistically. It is therefore important to study multi-stressor effects, mirrored by a recent opinion poll involving 2179 scientists where the combined impacts of multiple stressors were scored as the single most important topic for marine governance and decision-making. The aim of the proposed PhD project is to quantify the responses of selected marine invertebrates to a hitherto unstudied stressor combination: Noise and chemical pollution, under different temperature contexts. Invertebrates, ubiquitous in the marine environment, perform many ecological roles and are key to an understanding of ecosystemic effects of environmental stressors. While their responses to different toxins have been studied for a wide range of species, the responses of most species to noise is poorly understood. Levels of introduced anthropogenic underwater sound have increased 10- to 100 fold over the last century and man-made noise is now recognized as a significant aquatic pollutant. This PhD project will generate novel data on an environmental stressor combination untested before, and be informative for environmental risk assessments and the development of mitigation strategies. Short- term and longer-term effects of sound exposures will be addressed and different life history stages of marine invertebrates investigated, including the vulnerable early stages (embryos, larvae). Response parameters will involve behaviour, growth, development duration, metabolism and biochemistry. This multidisciplinary study will be conducted in the AquaLab at the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, at St Abbs Marine Station on the Scottish East coast and at the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. The project could also involve a fieldwork component.

The multidisciplinary supervisory team consists of Dr Karen Diele (Primary, Edinburgh Napier University), Dr Mark Hartl (Heriot-Watt University) and Dr Rob Briers (Edinburgh Napier University). The student will also join the team at St Abbs Marine Station (www.marinestation.co.uk). All partners are members of MASTS, the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (www.masts.ac.uk). The successful candidate will benefit from PhD training programmes at both Universities and also register in the MASTS Graduate School, which provides additional education and training to ensure that PhD students gain the full complement of skills required to achieve the best in their future careers. Funding Note and Eligibility The studentship is fully funded with 50% support from Edinburgh Napier/Heriot-Watt Universities and 50% from MASTS. The stipend is £14,533 p.a., subject to inflationary increase, and tuition fees are fully covered for UK and EU students. Non-UK/EU residents are also eligible, providing they cover the difference between the home/EU and overseas tuition fees. Candidates whose first language is not English must meet Edinburgh Napier University’s English language requirements (http://www.napier.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/research- degrees/application-process).

The ideal candidate will have /will be  a strong academic record with an MSc degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant field such as marine or freshwater biology, fisheries biology, environmental biology, or ecology. A first or upper second class undergraduate Honours degree will also be considered  a profound interest in aquatic biology and enthusiasm for researching a topic relevant to conservation and environmental change mitigation  experience with aquarium set-ups and animal cultivation methods  at least a basic knowledge of the biochemistry underlying animal physiology. Relevant laboratory experience in toxicology would be desirable but not critical  a good background in experimental design and multivariate data analysis skills  scientifically curious, creative, conscientious and have excellent English communication and scientific writing skills  highly organised and self-motivated, and also enjoys to work as part of a team  a full driving license enabling to drive in the UK   Start Date: 1st of January 2018

Application Deadline: Sunday 10th September 2017

Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017 Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award.

Contact: For informal enquiries about the PhD project, please contact Dr Karen Diele k.diele@napier.ac.uk, Dr Mark Hartl m.hartl@hw.ac.uk or Dr Rob Briers r.briers@napier.ac.uk To apply, please email your CV and your completed application form (RD1 form): http://www.napier.ac.uk/~/media/documents/research- documents/application-form-rd1.ashx?la=en to Jill Napier at j.napier@napier.ac.uk by midnight on the closing date.

 

2015

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19 November 2015: Dr Majed Al-Shaeri (top) and Dr Hassien Alnashiri (bottom) graduated today at the
Edinburgh graduation ceremony. They completed and suiccessfully defended theses on the ecotoxicology
of engineered carbon nanotubes and Copper Oxide nano- and microparticles, repsectively. Papers are still
coming out and can be accessed under publications.

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10 November: Our CREW funded review on the existing knowlegde of Nanomaterials and Microplastics in Scottish waters is now available online

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02 November: PhD student Johanne Vad presenting her work at the 2nd NERC CDT Annual Confernce Title: Environmental Assessment of Deep-Water Sponge Fields in Relation to Oil and Gas Activity in the West of Shetland Area

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29 October: Our latest paper has been accepted in Marine Pollution Bulletin:

Miller, M.A., Bankier, C., Al-Shaeri, M.A.M., Hartl, M.G.J., in press. Neutral Red cytotoxicity assays for assessing in vivo carbon nanotube ecotoxicity in mussels – comparing microscope and microplate methods. Mar Pollut Bull. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.10.072.

It contains data generated by my PhD, MSc and Honours students and accordingly, they are all co-authors on this paper. I'm proud to be able to offer real research projects to my students and I believe it gives them that extra bit of encouragement to help them excel.

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30 September: Dr Hassien Alnassri (below) and PhD student Naif Ashri (above) present their work on the ecotoxicology of Cu nanoparticles and Carbon Nanotubes, respectively, at the 5th MASTS Annual Science Meeting in Glasgow.

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8 September 2015: PhD student Naif Ashri presented our poster on the ecotoxicology of sediment- assoctaied carbon nanotubes at the the 10th ICEENN, Vienna 6-10 September, 2015. Download poster here

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8 September 2015: Dr Ana Catarino chaired the microplastics session at the 11th Bienniel SETAC Latin America meeting in Buernos Aires, 7-10 September. She presented our paper "Microplastics pollution in Scotland, a case study: quantification and characterisation of particles in coastal waters" 

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26 June 2015: Great day at Graduation today. Dr Virginia Echavarri Bravo graduated today and now has a Post Doctoral fellowship with Dr Louise Horsefall at University of Edinburgh.

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Also Shea Connell (supervised by Dr Liz Dyrynda and yours truely) graduated with 1st class Honours degree in Applied Marine Biology. He was also awarded the Dr Maia Strachan award for best dissertation and the Prof Martin Wilkinson award for the highest overall class mark.

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16 June: Dr Hassien Alnashiri successfully defended his PhD thesis on the comparative ecotoxicology of different forms of CuO, nano- and microparticles and ionic forms. External examiner: Prof Juliano Blasco, Cadiz University, Spain. Supervisors: Prof Teresa Fernandes and Dr Mark Hartl.                                                                  

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15 June: Dr Echavarri Bravo has left my lab to commence a Post Doctoral Fellowship at University of Edinburgh under the direction of Dr Liouse Horsfall. She will be missed and we wish her all the best for the future.

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15 May

PhD student Clara Mackenzie announced as runner up at the Marine Foundation Awards for her project on the vulnerability of Modiolus modiolus reefs to climate change http://www.hw.ac.uk/news/double-win-at-marine-foundation-awards.htm.

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3-7 May

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Heriot-Watt contigent at SETAC 2015, representing CMBB and Nano Safety Group.

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Dr Hartl presenting our Microplastics poster at SETAC2015 - lots of interest registered, suggesting that microplastics in the environment is still a red hot topic. Download our microplastics poster here
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L: PhD student Zuzanna Gadja-Meissner presenting her work on acute and chronic toxicity of 
functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles. R: Dr Hartl presenting the work by PhD student Hassien 
Alnashiri on the toxicity of nano- and microsized CuO, and CuSO4

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25 Feb

EnvPoll Paper accepted Echavarri-Bravo, V., Paterson, L., Aspray, T. J., Porter, J. S., Winson, M. K., Thornton, B. & Hartl, M. G. J. (2015). Shifts in the metabolic function of a benthic estuarine microbial community following a single pulse of silver nanoparticle exposure. Environ Pollut 201: 91-99.

2014

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17 December: Congratulations to Dr Virginia Echavarri Bravo successfully defends her PhD thesis on the ecotoxicology of silver nanopatricles  on microbial community function in estuarine sediments.
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16 October: PhD student Clara MacKenzie secures £3,000 from the MASTS Coastal Zone Forum in support of her work on Vulnerability of M. modiolus biogenic reefs to climate change: a population-based approach for effective marine management.
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19 September: Blažka Smiljanic, MSc graduate Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology (2013) presented our work at the 4th Colloquim of Genetics, 19 September, 2014 in Piran, Slovenia. The work was conducted in collaboration between Dr Hartl and Dr Andreja Ramsak of the National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station, Piran. The title of Blažka's talk was "Comparitive stress response of two mussel species (M.edulis and M.galloprovincialis) in response to temperature change" and discusses the effect of climate change on the use of biomarkers used in ecotoxicology. Download abstract book here.
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10 September: Congratulations to Dr Majed Al-Shaeri for successfully defending his PhD thesis. His external examiner was Dr Brian Quinn (UWS).
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September 2014: The first SLS-CMBB PhD project from the Oil and Gas Collaborative Doctoral Training Centre led by Heriot-Watt has commenced with the appointment of PhD student Johanne Vad under the supervision of Professor Murray Roberts and in collaboration with Drs Tony Gutierrez, Mark Hartl, Leanne Henry and Theodore Henry. The aim is to assess the potential impact of the in situ use of dispersants on deep-sea sponges in case of a well leak during West of Shetland oil production.
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PhD student Hassein Alnashiri, supervised by Prof Teresa Fernandes and Dr Mark Hartl, presenting his research on cooper oxide micro- and nanoparticles.
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PhD student Majed Al-Shaeri (left), supervised by Dr Mark Hartl, presenting his research on carbon nanotube interactions with marine microalgae. Intern Chris McCabe, supervised by Drs Theodore Henry and Mark Hartl, presenting his workon the optimization of the Comet assay for zebrafish larvae.
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PhD student Clara MacKenzie, supervised by Drs Bill Sanderson, Joanne Porter and Mark Hartl, presenting her work on the impact of climate change on Modiolus biogenic reefs.
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Dr Mark Hartl presenting his research on microplastic contamination in sediments of the Firth of Forth - with thanks to MSc students Shanna Paterson and Neil Mearns.
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International Congress on the Biology of Fish 3-7 August, 2014 The 11th International Congress on the Biology of Fish, the biannual meeting of the Physiology Section of the American Fisheries Society, was held at Heriot-Watt University on 3-7 August 2014, and hosted by Dr Mark Hartl, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences. The ICBF has become the world's foremost gathering of fish physiologists, covering topics as diverse as the physiology of fish aquaculture (nutrition, parasites and disease), swimming and migratory physiology, ecological physiology, environmental stress and toxicology, in both fresh and seawater environments. Over 450 delegates from 44 countries attended the congress, many of whom leaders in their respective specialisms of fish physiology, delivering over 350 oral presentations in 27 symposia, and presenting over 190 posters. 
The feedback from delegates has been tremendous: 
"This was a world-class meeting!" Sebastien Plante, Canada  "It is this type of meetings which are the  motivation highlights in our job." Helmut Segner, Switzerland                                            

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Dr Hartl giving the welcome address at the plenary session of the ICBF2014.
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ICBF2014 Plenary Session all set to go.
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Dr Hartl addressing the delegates at the welcome reception (left); Chris McCabe, supervised by Drs Hartl, Henry and Theodorakis discusses our work on DNA damage and repair in zebrafish larvea at one of the two poster sessions.
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Dr Hartl is inducted into the Congressional Legion of Honour for his services to the AFS Physiology  Section's International Congress on the Biology of Fish.
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Dr Hartl receives a standing ovation at the closing ceremony of the ICBF2014.
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All this would not have been possible without the help of very enthusiastic students - Thanks!!
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May 2014: Representatives of the Heriot-Watt Environmental Nanosafety group attended SETAC2014 in Basel, Switzerland. Top: Group photo at SETAC Square; Middle: Dr Hartl's PhD students, Hassein Alnashiri and Majed Al-Shaeri busy discussing their respective posters with interested delegates; Bottom: Hassein Alnashiri, supervised by Prof Fernandes and Dr Hartl, presenting his work in session NANO06: Mechanistic toxicity of engineered nanomaterials.
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February 2014: Alumnus news: Dr Omar Alharbi, PhD in my lab from 2009-2012, is now the Saudi Government Representative for environmentally sustainable development at the UN. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.html
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January 2014: Paper accepted in PFT: 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. (in press). ITS-NANO - Prioritising nanosafety research to develop a stakeholder driven intelligent testing strategy Part Fibre Toxicol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

August 2013: Virginia Echavarri Bravo, PhD student in Dr Hartl's lab, won best student talk for presenting her work on the ecotoxicology of silver nanoparticles on estuarine microbial communities.

August 2013: Great show of my group at the MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2013: TOP Virginia Echavarri Bravo presenting her work on the ecotoxicology of silver nanoparticles on estuarine microbial communities. MIDDLE: Majed Al-Shaeri presentinhg his research on the ecotoxicological impact of carbon nanotubes (recently accepted for publication in ET&C); BOTTOM LEFT: Iain Hannah discussing his work on charaterising silver nanoparticles in wastewater treatment plant liquor; BOTTOM RIGHT: Hassein Alnashiri presenting his ePoster on the ecotoxicology of CuO nanoparticles.

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June 2013: Dr Omar Mohammed L Alharbi graduated with a PhD in Dr Hartl's lab. Dr Alharbi's research focused on the ecotoxicological impact of corrosion inhibitors used in the offshore oil industry.

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May 2013: Heriot-Watt Ecotoxicology show case at 23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Glasgow. Top: the ecotoxicology groups of Dr Hartl and Prof Fernandes; Dr Hartl's PhD students present their respective work; second from top: Virginia Echavarri Bravo gave a talk about her work on the impact of silver nanoparticles on functional microbial communities; second from bottom: Iain Hannah and Majed Al-Shaeri present their respective posters on the characterization of silver nanoparticles and ecotoxicological synergisms of carbon nanotubes; bottom: Majed Al-Shaeri and Hassien Alnashiri present their respective posters on the interaction of algae with carbon nanotubes and the ecotoxicology of nano copperoxide.

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Funding Success!
May 2013: Dr Hartl, in collaboration with coleagues in the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology in the School of Life Sciences, as well as colleagues in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt, has securred a £2,000 grant from the Heriot-Watt Crucible V Interdisciplinary Research Fund to kick-start research in to marine microplastic metrology.

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Heriot-Watt Crucible V


April 2013: The winning Crucible team at the final event brought together researchers from Heriot-Watt University (Dr Mark Hartl, School of Life Sciences and Dr Paul Dalgarno, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences) and University of Edinburgh (Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari, School of Engineering and Dr Stephen Moggach, School of Chemistry) in a project called "Tragic Plastic" which aims to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the marine environment through development of an automated microplastic particle detection system. Read more about the Heriot-Watt Crucible V.


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January 2013: Funding Success! We gave been awarded access to the Nanocharacterisation facility (FENAC) in Birmingham, funded by NERC. Virginia Echevarri Bravo will be studying the interaction between Ag nanoparticles and estuarine bacteria. Grant value: £24,000.

2012

November 2012: Omar Alharbi (second from left) has successfully defended his thesis on the ecotoxicological impact of corrosion inhibitors used in the offshore oil industry. His project was supervised by Dr Hartl and Dr Steve Grigson. External examiner was Dr Trevor Telfer from Stirling University. Internal examiner was Dr Liz Dyrynda.

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September 2012: Top: Iain Hannah, PhD Student in Dr Hartl's lab (co-supervised by Prof Teresa Fernandes and Prof Nik Christofi), won best ePoster for his work on the impact of nanosilver particles on the bacteria of waste-water treament plants. Centre: Virginia Echavari, PhD student in Dr Hartl's lab, presented her ePoster on the impact of nanosilver particles on estuarine microbial communities. Bottom: Dr Hartl presented work conducted by PhD student Majed Al-Shaeri on the impact of single-walled carbon nanotubes on marine algae.

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July 2012: Dr Mark Hartl, as President of the Physiology Section of the American Fisheries Society, chaired the plenary session at the 10th International Congress on the Biology of Fish. There were four excellent talks from Dr Jonathan Wilson, Dr Peggy Biga, Dr Suzie Curry and Prof Lluis Tort (top).Also Prof Carl Schreck gave an inspiring talk following the Award of Excellence in Fish Physiology (second from top). Dr Brian Small, incoming Physiology Section President, presented Dr Hartl with a certificate of appreciation for his Tenure 2010-2012 (centre). Student delegates receiving travel buraries sponsored by an NSF grant and the AFS Physiology Section (second from bottom) Dr Lynn Wever, Prof Chris Kennedy and Dr Hartl organized and chaired the toxicology symposium.

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June 2012: Virginia Echavarri Bravo (r) presented her work on the ecotoxicological impact of silver nanoparticles on estuarine microbial communities to the School of Life Sciences's Nanosafety Group. Virginia is currently 18 months into her PhD in Dr Hartl's lab and has recently been assissted by intern Océane Guillemet.

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May 2012: Omar Alharbi, PhD student in Dr Hartl's lab, presented his work on the ecotoxocology of oilfield chemicals at the 6th SETAC World Congress in Berlin, 20-24th May. Session ET11A - Marine environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology http://bit.ly/KSYkBq

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Funding success!
May 2012: Dr Mark Hartl, Prof Teresa Fernandes and Dr Tony Gutierrez have securred £30,000 from CREW - Centre of Expertise for Waters, for a review of emerging contaminants of concern in waters: sources, impacts, risks and monitoring of water-related ‘known-unknowns’, in particular engineered nano-particles, and primary and secondary micro-plastics.

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May, 2012: Dr Hartl co-organised and co-chaired the Fish & Fisheries - Natural & Emerging Anthropogenic Challenges theme at the World Fisheries Congress, 7-11 May, 2012, EICC, Edinburgh. The theme included sessions on Land Use and Eutrophication, Ocean Acidification and Mining, Dams and Water Diversions, Marine Renewable Energy, Toxics, Tsunamis and Fisheries. The sessions attracted over 500 delegates spread over 3 days. Details of the Sessions: http://bit.ly/xy8uR7

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March, 2012: Heriot-Watt lead FP7 consortium CSA ITS-NANO - Intelligent testing strategy for engineered nanomaterials has now kicked off with its first news letter (http://www.its-nano.eu/). Partners:Veneto Nanotech SCpA, Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM, Edinburgh), Arhus University (AU, Denmark), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (CRF, Italy), Fraunhofer (IME, Germany), National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE, DK), Joint Research Centre (JRC, Brussels), European Research Services GmbH (ERS, Germany)

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February, 2012: Dr Hartl represented the group's work on the development of biomarker organism for the detection of oil field chemicals in the marine environment at the Heriot-Watt Industry Day, "The Sixth Sense - Advanced Sensor Technology"

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