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.


Feature Story

Susan Shaw Speaks at TedxMidAltantic SUPERPOWERS

Addressing an audience of 800 at TEDxMidAtlantic SUPERPOWERS on October 27-28 in Washington, DC, MERI Founder/Director Dr. Susan Shaw spoke of the consequences of public deception about ongoing exposure to harmful substances in commercial products. ​

“We are used to being lied to.” —Dr. Susan Shaw, DrPH

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Reckless Endangerment: The Gulf Oil Spill Revisited - Susan Shaw at TEDxMidAtlantic


Focus Areas

Through 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.

Human Exposure

Plastics and

Marine Wildlife Exposure

Oil Spill Response

Maine Coast Monitoring

Lecture Series

News & Events

Upcoming Events:

EarthX 2018   April 20-22

Dr Shaw speaks at 'the world's largest environmental experience' in Dallas, about her work and MERI's ongoing research into microplastics and the impacts of chemical exposure on human and marine animal health.

Earthweek Keynote: Microplastics in the Gulf of Maine  April 16 -  22, 2018

Our Marine Research Coordinator and Marine Biologist Madelyn Woods will discuss where microplastics come from and how they impact our fragile coastal ecosystems at the University of Maine at Orono's annual Earthweek. 


350 Downeast Earth Day Panel: Microplastics  April 21, 2018

Madelyn will participate in a panel discussion about plastic pollution in the Gulf of Maine.  The panel follows a short documentary, A Plastic Ocean.  The film, panel and other events all take place at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maine, Machias.


EG Conference  May 3 -5, 2018

Dr Shaw will speak at the EG Conference in California, an annual gathering of rising stars and established makers and doers to share and discuss our most creative ideas and enterprises.




How you can help support our important work

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