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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

28 July 2020

Wale, M., R. A. Briers, M. G. J. Hartl, D. Bryson, and K. Diele. 2019. 'From DNA to Ecological Performance: Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on a Reef-Building Mussel', The Science of The Total Environment, 689: 126-32.

cite by 

Di Franco, E., P. Pierson, L. Di Iorio, A. Calò, J. M. Cottalorda, B. Derijard, A. Di Franco, A. Galvé, M. Guibbolini, J. Lebrun, F. Micheli, F. Priouzeau, C. Risso-de Faverney, F. Rossi, C. Sabourault, G. Spennato, P. Verrando, and P. Guidetti. 2020. 'Effects of marine noise pollution on Mediterranean fishes and invertebrates: A review', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 159: 111450.


27 July 2020

Coughlan, B. M., M. G. J. Hartl, S. J. O'Reilly, D. Sheehan, C. Morthersill, F. N. A. M. van Pelt, J. O'Halloran, and N. M. O'Brien. 2002. 'Detecting genotoxicity using the Comet assay following chronic exposure of Manila clam Tapes semidecussatus to polluted estuarine sediments', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 44: 1359-65.

cited by

Qu, Mengjie, Jiawei Ding, Yi Wang, Siyu Chen, Yifei Zhang, and Yanan Di. 2019. 'Genetic impacts induced by BaP and Pb in Mytilus coruscus: Can RAPD be a validated tool in genotoxicity evaluation both in vivo and in vitro?', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 169: 529-38.

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