About the Institute
Generating Science, Translating Findings, Driving Environmental Change
The Marine & Environmental Research Institute is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical exposure. The Institute produces scientific research that drives change and inspires solutions to the pressing environmental issues of our day. From flame retardants to plastics, our discoveries have informed public opinion and fueled key legislation, which impacts millions of people in Maine and across the country.
From Laboratory to Legislature
Director Dr. Susan Shaw testifies in Minnesota to help pass the nation’s toughest ban on flame retardant chemicals to date.
Scaled-back flame retardant ban clears House hurdle
A House committee has approved a bill that would ban four types of flame-retardant chemicals. > learn more
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Focus AreasThrough its focused initiatives, the Institute addresses critical health and environmental issues related to toxic chemical exposure among people and wildlife. From ocean plastics to human and wildlfie exposure, we strive to bring science-based solutions to these priority concerns.
Marine Wildlife Exposure
Oil Spill Response
Maine Coast Monitoring
June 14th Dr Paul Mayewksi. Climate Change: Scientific Evidence or 'Alternative Facts'?
July 12th MERI Open House & Marine Research Update: Who's at Risk?
July 27th Dr. David Gallo. Global Climate: Are we about to have a Titanic experience?
Aug 12th Pete Oxford. My Journey as a Conservation Photographer.
Aug 16th A Documentary Screening at MERI: Chasing Coral, directed by Jeff Orlowski
Aug 30th Dr. Anna Roos. Superchemicals: A Threat to People, Otters and other Wildlife.
Sept 6th Dr. Jeremy Jackson. From Problems to Solutions: Moving Beyond Environmental Doom and Gloom.
Lectures begin at 6 pm, following a speaker's reception at 5:30 pm. All lectures are free and open to the public.
How you can help support our important work
Your contribution supports our work to protect wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical exposure.