Background and activities

Martin is a biologist interested in studying what plastics and other synthetic agents (e.g., endocrine disrupting chemicals) do to human and ecosystem health. For that he uses state-of-the-art in vitro and in vivo bioassays to characterize the total toxicity of complex samples (e.g., leachates of plastic materials). He also applies effect-directed chemical analysis to identify novel compounds causing the observed toxicity. With this approach he aims at contributing to a more holistic understanding human and environmental exposomes. To achieve this, he is working at the interface of mechanistic toxicology, exposure science, non-target chemical analysis, and environmental health.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database


  • Wagner, Martin; Scott, Lambert. (2018) Freshwater microplastics: Emerging Environmental Contaminants?. Springer. 2018. ISBN 978-3-319-61614-8. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry (58).
  • Christian, Scherer; Annkatrin, Weber; Scott, Lambert; Wagner, Martin. (2018) Interactions of Microplastics with Freshwater Biota. Freshwater microplastics: Emerging Environmental Contaminants?.
  • Scott, Lambert; Wagner, Martin. (2018) Microplastics Are Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Freshwater Environments: An Overview. Freshwater microplastics: Emerging Environmental Contaminants?.