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

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

Photo by Elizabeth Dunbar / MPR News. © 2015 Minnesota Public Radio. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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:

Oct. 12         Regional Association for Research on the Coast of Maine (RARGOM) Conference 

                        Marine Research Coordinator Madelyn Woods will discuss recent findings about microplastic fiber uptake, ingestion and egestion rates in Blue Mussels.


Oct 27 - 28   TedX Mid-Atlantic: Superpowers 

                        Dr Susan Shaw will present a talk on the theme of 'overcoming today's challenges to forge a surprising future'

TBA             MERI Intern Research Presentations, dates 

                       Interns will discuss their 6-month research projects into microplastics and coastal monitoring here in Blue Hill Bay.



MERI joins BHHT for international beach clean up day

Over 30 volunteers cleaned up the beach at Carter Nature Preserve in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy's International Beach Clean Up Day on Sept 16th. 

Chemist and environmental consultant Dr Roland Weber joins MERI Science Advisory Board

Dr Weber is a renowned expert on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and longtime advisor to the Stockholm Convention and to the UNEP on the regulation and disposal of this class of chemicals in the environment.  

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.