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 Event

Dioxin 2016 - Firenze

The 36th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
August 28 - September 2 in Florence, Italy

MERI's Founder and Director Dr. Susan Shaw chairs a special session on Perfluorinated (Teflon) Chemicals with co-chair and MERI Advisory Board member Dr. Anna Roos. This special session, Is Exposure to PFAs a New Concern for Humans and Wildlife? brings together leading scientists from different regions of the world to share insights and new findings that will help elucidate the real, present-day health threat that PFAs pose to individuals and populations.

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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

MERI In The News

Upcoming Events


Teflon Chemicals and Global Contamination: What’s In Your Drinking Water?
MERI 2016 Lecture Series
With Sharon Lerner, Health and Environment Journalist
Wednesday September 7th, 2016 - 6pm   
At the Center for Environmental Studies, 55 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine

Investigative journalist Sharon Lerner reports on her global investigations into Perfluorinated Chemical (PFC) contamination around the world. PFCs - including the chemicals used to make Teflon - are toxic, sythetic chemicals used in everyday products. Once they enter the environment they become widespread and persistent. Sharon Lerner's award-winning reporting follows a toxic trail from production sources to ground water, drinking water, and eventually, the oceans.    

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.