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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

26 May 2020

Jones, Katherine L., Mark G. J. Hartl, Michael C. Bell, and Angela Capper. 2020. 'Microplastic accumulation in a Zostera marina L. bed at Deerness Sound, Orkney, Scotland', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 152: 110883.

cited by

Masiá, Paula, Daniel Sol, Alba Ardura, Amanda Laca, Yaisel J. Borrell, Eduardo Dopico, Adriana Laca, Gonzalo Machado-Schiaffino, Mario Díaz, and Eva Garcia-Vazquez. 2020. 'Bioremediation as a promising strategy for microplastics removal in wastewater treatment plants', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 156: 111252.


Xu, Ziqian, Qian Sui, Aimin Li, Ming Sun, Liang Zhang, Shuguang Lyu, and Wentao Zhao. 2020. 'How to detect small microplastics (20–100 μm) in freshwater, municipal wastewaters and landfill leachates? A trial from sampling to identification', Science of the Total Environment, 733: 139218.


Miller, M. A., C. Bankier, M. A. M. Al-Shaeri, and M. G. J. Hartl. 2015. 'Neutral red cytotoxicity assays for assessing in vivo carbon nanotube ecotoxicity in mussels - Comparing microscope and microplate methods', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 101: 903-7.

cited by

Pikula, K.., V. Chaika, A. Zakharenko, A. Savelyeva, I. Kirsanova, A. Anisimova, and K. Golokhvast. 2020. 'Toxicity of Carbon, Silicon, and Metal-Based Nanoparticles to the Hemocytes of Three Marine Bivalves', Animals, 10: 827.


15 May 2020

Davoren, M., S. Ni Shuilleabhain, J. O'Halloran, M. G. J. Hartl, D. Sheehan, N. M. O'Brien, F. N. A. M. Van Pelt, and C. Mothersill. 2005. 'A Test Battery Approach for the Ecotoxicological Evaluation of Estuarine Sediments', Ecotoxicology, 14: 741-55.

cited by

Birch, G. F., J. H. Lee, E. Tanner, J. Fortune, N. Munksgaard, J. Whitehead, C. Coughanowr, J. Agius, J. Chrispijn, U. Taylor, F. Wells, J. Bellas, V. Besada, L. Viñas, A. Soares-Gomes, R. C. Cordeiro, W. Machado, R. E. Santelli, M. Vaughan, M. Cameron, P. Brooks, T. Crowe, M. Ponti, L. Airoldi, R. Guerra, A. Puente, A. G. Gómez, G. J. Zhou, K. M. Y. Leung, and P. Steinberg. 2020. 'Sediment metal enrichment and ecological risk assessment of ten ports and estuaries in the World Harbours Project', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 155: 111129.

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