About the Shaw Institute

30 Years of Environmental Impact Research 

The Shaw Institute is a 501(C)3 nonprofit scientific research organization based in Maine and New York City. Founded in 1990 by Dr. Susan Shaw (as the Marine & Environmental Research Institute), its mission is to discover and expose environmental health threats through innovative science and engage in strategic partnerships to improve human and ecological health. Over three decades, the Institute’s pioneering research on ocean pollution, sentinel species, flame retardants, plastics, and climate change has fueled public policy nationally and internationally.

Plastic Health Summit

At the world's first Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam, Dr. Shaw will deliver a keynote to address an international audience of journalists and the scientific community.  
The conference aims to bring to light the dangers of plastic on human health in front of the world's media and kick-start a wave of solutions-focused research and innovation initiatives.


Woodrow Wilson Fellow Dr. Susan Shaw To Address the Ethics of the Anthropocene on Muhlenberg College Campus

On October 22 to 25, Dr. Susan Shaw attended Muhlenberg College’s Center for Ethics, where she delivered a series of lectures on topics related to key health threats we face in the Anthropocene era, including the hazards of photochemicals, chemical exposure, plastic pollution, the legacy of the BP oil spill, and cancer in the fire service. Learn more here.

View Dr. Shaw’s talk Science, Lies and Politics posted at TEDxMidAtlantic SUPERPOWERS

Science, Lies, and Politics | Susan Shaw | 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

September 16-18, 2019

Capri, Italy
The International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea 
Dr. Susan Shaw will open the conference with her keynote address: "Confronting the Global Plastics Crisis: Challenge of the 21st Century" 

September 21, 2019

Carter Preserve, Surry, ME
Maine Coastweek Beach Clean-Up Day

October 3, 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Plastic Health Summit

The world's first international Plastic Health Summit will unite leading scientists, policymakers, and innovators to deliver state-of-the-art research on micro- and nanoplastics, plastic additives, and health to the public. 
As a key member of the Plastic Health Summit leadership team, Shaw Institute founder Dr. Susan Shaw will deliver a keynote address. 



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