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:
All Summer Lecture Series events are free and open to the public, and begin at 6 pm, following a 5:30 reception.  Please arrive early as seating is limited.

Wednesday, June 6  Film screening of BLUE: The Day the Ocean Changed

To celebrate World Oceans Day, the Shaw Insititute (previously Marine & Environmental Research Institute) opens this year's enviornmental lecture series with a world premier screening of this award-winning documenatary. The screening begins at 6 pm, following a 5:30 reception.  

Wednesday, June 27   Caveat Emptor! Cell Phones, Brain Cancer, PCBS and Diabetes

David Carpenter, MD, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment as the SUNY School of Public Health presents breaking news on the public health threats of radiation and chemical exposures from cell phones and PCB waste sites.


Wednesday, July 18  A Double Header with ocean explorer Dr David Gallo and biomimicry scientist Dimitri Smirnoff

Frequent lecturer Dr David Gallo returns with more extraordinary stories about the deep ocean, and Dimitri Smirnoff debuts in Blue Hill to discuss how biomimicry can be used to solve the world's problems by asking, 'how would nature do it?'

Wednesday, August 15   Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health

Jay Lemery, MD discusses how climate change is directly affecting human health as a result of increasing allergens, toxic algal blooms, heat stress, air degradation and water and food insecurity. Dr Lemery is a consultant with the CDC Climate and Health Program and an associate professor at the University of Colorado's School of Medicine.

Wednesday, August 22   The Forever Chemicals in our Water

Award winning investigative reporter Sharon Lerner reports on her latest findings into the continuing crisis in US drinking water supplies and shares news from her recent investigation into environmental conditions in the Arctic.

Wednesday, September 5    Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crisis

Eminent ecologist Prof. Jeremy Jackson returns to discuss his recent travels around the US to better understand the mounting environmental problems facing the country. He will also discuss emerging and achievable solutions to some of these issues.


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.