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Research interests

The main focus of my research group is the development and application of ecotoxicological biomarkers of exposure to aqueous and sediment-associated contaminants in the marine and estuarine environment. Of particular interest are the impacts of oilfield chemicals and engineered nanomaterials on marine and estuarine organisms, ranging from bacteria to fish. I am also interested in ecotoxicology of near-shelf deep-sea benthic organisms, the general effects of anthropogenic activity on benthic community structure and the fate of organic and inorganic pollutants in the marine and estuarine environment. Amongst other published studies are the effects of sediment-associated contaminants on juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), sediment-associated triorganotin compounds on the osmoregulation of the European flounder (Platichthys flesus) and the bioaccumulation capacity for trace metals in bivalves (Macoma balthica).

Biography

MSc in Zoology and Marine Ecology in 1996 from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Internship at the IAEA's Marine Environment Laboratory in Monaco.

PhD in Biological Oceanography in 2000 from Southampton University, UK

Postdoctoral research and from 2001-2003 University College Cork, Ireland

Temporary lecturer 2003-2006 at University College Cork, Ireland

Lecturer in Marine Biology, Heriot-Watt University 2006 - August 2013

Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Heriot-Watt University August 2013 - present

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Research Output

Importance of Surface Coating to Accumulation Dynamics and Acute Toxicity of Copper Nanomaterials and Dissolved Copper in Daphnia magna

Gajda-Meissner, Z. A., Matyja, K., Brown, D., Hartl, M. G. J. & Fernandes, T. F., Feb 2020, In : Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 39, 2, p. 287-299 13 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Microplastic accumulation in a Zostera marina L. bed at Deerness Sound, Orkney, Scotland

    Jones, K. L., Hartl, M. G. J., Bell, M. C. & Capper, A., Mar 2020, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 152, 110883.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel

    Wale, M. A., Briers, R. A., Hartl, M. G. J., Bryson, D. & Diele, K., 1 Nov 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 689, p. 126-132 7 p.

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    Climate Change: Implications for Ecotoxicological Environmental Impact Assessment

    Connell, S. P., Fernandes, T. F. & Hartl, M. G. J., Dec 2017, In : Journal of Environmental Engineering. 143, 12, 04017078.

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    Microplastic contamination of intertidal sediments of Scapa Flow, Orkney: a first assessment

    Blumenröder, J., Sechet, P., Kakkonen, J. E. & Hartl, M. G. J., 15 Nov 2017, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 124, 1, p. 112-120 9 p.

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  • 32 Citations (Scopus)
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    Activities

    PhD - Courtene-Jones

    Mark G. J. Hartl (Examiner)

    20 May 2019

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

    Marine Microplastics – Risks to Aquaculture?

    Mark G J Hartl (Speaker)

    20 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    PhD - Murphy

    Mark G. J. Hartl (Examiner)

    31 Mar 2017

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

    American Society of Civil Engineers (Publisher)

    Mark G J Hartl (Editorial board member)

    1 Dec 2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    PhD - Arabayyat

    Mark G. J. Hartl (Examiner)

    5 Dec 2016

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

    Press / Media

    Microplastics in seagrass beds

    Mark G. J. Hartl

    6/02/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Effects of anthropogenic noise on marine mussels

    Mark G. J. Hartl

    8/07/19

    8 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Deep Ocean Live

    Mark G. J. Hartl

    18/03/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Marine Ecology

    Mark G. J. Hartl

    6/08/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Microplastics in Orkney

    Mark G. J. Hartl

    19/01/1825/01/18

    6 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Research