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:

World Ocean Summit  March 7-9, 2018

Founding director and toxicologist Dr Susan Shaw joins a panel of global policy makers, scientists and business leaders for a forward-looking discussion about how to implement sustainable initiatives to conserve and support healthy ocean ecosystems.  This annual conference, organized by the Economist Group, will be held in Cancun-Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

International Marine Debris Conference March 12-16, 2018

Marine Research Coordinator Madelyn Woods presents MERI's work into the effects of microplastics on fish and marine invertebrates at the 6th annual International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego.

Conference on World Affairs  April  9 - 13, 2018

Dr Shaw will participate in several panel discussions at the University of Colorado's annual Conference on World Affairs, which brings together thought leaders in the arts, sciences, politics, business and technology for interdisciplinary discussion and debate. 

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

Your contribution supports our work to protect wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical exposure.