The Shaw Institute is a 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 primary mission is to discover and expose the effects of toxic chemical exposure and climate change on human and ecological health, and to engage in strategic partnerships to improve life on the planet. For three decades, the Institute’s pioneering research on ocean pollution, oil spills, flame retardants, plastics, and climate change has fueled public policy nationally and internationally.
In April 2018, the Trustees of the Marine & Environmental Research Institute announced a name change to the Shaw Institute to acknowledge the founder Dr. Shaw and honor her legacy of 30 years of environmental impact research. The new name also accommodates Dr. Shaw’s vision and the organization’s expanded research portfolio. The Center for Environmental Studies was renamed the Blue Hill Research Center in recognition of the Maine community that has served as the organization’s home since 1990.
Our 2018 Environmental Lectures focus on Climate Change, Exposure and Human Health. Lectures are free and open to the public, and begin at 6 pm following a reception at 5:30 pm.
David Carpenter MD, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment and Professor, School of Public Health, SUNY, Albany presents breaking news on the health threats posed by high frequency radiation from cell phones and living near a PCB waste site
Renowned ocean explorer and robotics pioneer, Dr. Dave Gallo returns with the next chapter in the saga of the legendary RMS Titanic. Can the vessel be rescued from its resting place over 100 years?
Biomimicry Educator Dimitri Smirnoff, MSc. explains how biomimicry can be used to solve the world’s problems by asking, “how would nature do it?”
This award-winning feature documentary invokes a stunningly beautiful yet besieged ocean world. “A cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth telling, yet passionately hopeful.”
Sharon Lerner, award-winning investigative journalist for The Intercept reports on her latest findings on the ongoing crisis in the U.S. drinking water supplies.
Eminent ecologist Prof Jeremy Jackson returns to talk about his travels across America to better understand our mounting environmental problems. He will also discuss emerging and achievable solutions to preserve the country’s future.