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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:


  Gajda-Meissner Z, Matyja K, 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 .



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



the conversation logo    Hartl, M. (2018) Why Climate Change is Making Pollution Monitoring More Difficult


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

16 October

Stone V, Pozzi-Mucelli S, Tran L, Aschberger K, Sabella S, Vogel UB, Poland C, Balharry D, Fernandes T, Gottardo S, Hankin S, Hartl MGJ, Hartmann N, Hristozov D, Hund-Rinke K, Johnston H, Marcomini A, Panzer O, Roncato D, Saber AT, Wallin H, Scott-Fordsmand JJ. 2014. ITS-NANO - Prioritising nanosafety research to develop a stakeholder driven intelligent testing strategy Part Fibre Toxicol 11.

cited by

Giusti A, Atluri R, Tsekovska R, Gajewicz A, Apostolova MD, Battistelli CL, Bleeker EAJ, Bossa C, Bouillard J, Dusinska M, Gómez-Fernández P, Grafström R, Gromelski M, Handzhiyski Y, Jacobsen NR, Jantunen P, Jensen KA, Mech A, Navas JM, Nymark P, Oomen AG, Puzyn T, Rasmussen K, Riebeling C, Rodriguez-Llopis I, Sabella S, Sintes JR, Suarez-Merino B, Tanasescu S, Wallin H, Haase A. 2019. Nanomaterial grouping: Existing approaches and future recommendations. NanoImpact 16:100182.


17 September

Echavarri-Bravo V, Paterson L, Aspray TJ, Porter JS, Winson MK, Thornton B, Hartl MGJ. 2015. Shifts in the metabolic function of a benthic estuarine microbial community following a single pulse exposure to silver nanoparticles. Environ Pollut 201:91-99.

cited by

Feng J-n, Guo X-p, Chen Y-r, Lu D-p, Niu Z-s, Tou F-y, Hou L-j, Xu J, Liu M, Yang Y. 2020. Time-dependent effects of ZnO nanoparticles on bacteria in an estuarine aquatic environment. Sci Total Environ 698:134298.

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