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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 Committee and leads the MASTS Stressors Forum ( He received 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:


MPB2020 Jones KL, Hartl MGJ, Bell MC, Capper A. in press. Microplastic accumulation in a Zostera marina L. bed at Deerness Sound, Orkney: a small-scale study. Mar Pollut Bull.



ETC2020 Gajda-Meissner Z, Matyja K, Brown D, Hartl MGJ, Fernades TF. in press. Importance of surface coating on accumulation dynamics and acute toxicity of copper nanomaterials and dissolved copper to Daphnia magna.Environ Toxicol Chem 39:287-299 .



Noisepaper Wale M, Briers RA, Hartl MGJ, Bryson D, Diele K. in press. From DNA to Ecological Performance: Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on a Reef-Building Mussel. Sci Total Environ 689:126-132

 Latest Citations: h-index (Google Scholar): 17

30 June 2020

Hartl, M. G. J., S. Hutchinson, and L. E. Hawkins. 2001. 'Organotin and osmoregulation: quantifying the effects of sediment-associated TBT and TPhT on freshwater-adapted European flounders (Platichthys flesus L.)', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 256: 267-78.

cited by

Dhamgaye, H. B., P. Jadhao, J. Meshram, B. R. Chavan, and R. K. Sadawarte. 2020. 'Effects of fipronil on oxygen consjmption and ammonia ecretion of mahseer (Tor khudree) fry', Indian Journal of Animal Health, 59: 91-96.


Stone, V., S. Pozzi-Mucelli, L. Tran, K. Aschberger, S. Sabella, U. B. Vogel, C. Poland, D. Balharry, T. Fernandes, S. Gottardo, S. Hankin, M. G. J. Hartl, N. Hartmann, D. Hristozov, K. Hund-Rinke, H. Johnston, A. Marcomini, O. Panzer, D. Roncato, A. T. Saber, H. Wallin, and J. J. Scott-Fordsmand. 2014. 'ITS-NANO - Prioritising nanosafety research to develop a stakeholder driven intelligent testing strategy ', Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 11.

cited by

Ede, J.D., V. Lobaskin, U. Vogel, I. Lynch, S. Halappanavar, S.H. Doak, M.G. Roberts, and J.A.  Shatkin. 2020. 'Translating Scientific Advances in the AOP Framework to Decision Making for Nanomaterials', Nanomaterials, 10: 1229.


16 June 2020

Echavarri-Bravo, V., L. Paterson, T. J. Aspray, J. S. Porter, M. K. Winson, B. Thornton, and M. G. J. Hartl. 2015. 'Shifts in the metabolic function of a benthic estuarine microbial community following a single pulse exposure to silver nanoparticles', Environmental Pollution, 201: 91-99.

cited by

Campobasso, Marissa, Meisam Peiravi, Chunjie Xia, Yanna Liang, and Jia Liu. 2020. 'Effects of Combined Ag and ZnO Nanoparticles on Microbial Communities from Crab Orchard Creek, Illinois, USA', Journal of Environmental Engineering, 146: 04020067.

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