Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic


MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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Over the years MTRI has hosted a few conferences and hopes to continue doing so in the future. Information on conferences will be summarized and archived under individual tabs and information on upcoming conferences will be posted here. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to call or email


Upcoming Conferences



Don't miss our Old Forest Conservation Science Conference!

To attend the conference please email your registration form before September 28th for the early-bird discount. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please email the abstract submission form to

On Wednesday evening, to kick things off, we have Frederic Doyon from Universite du Quebec speaking about the dynamics of old growth temperate forests in western Quebec: understanding the past to meet the challenges of the future. 

The detailed schedule for the conference will soon be available (we will be accepting abstracts until Sept 28th) but in the meantime, here is the rough outline
Wednesday night - registration, opening ceremony, keynote speaker
Thursday - field trips, banquet, poster session, social
Friday - plenary session, concurrent sessions, closing ceremony

The fees (which cover meals but not lodging) are as follows: $100 for early-bird registration, $80 for students, and $125 for registration after September 28th. If you cannot attend the entire conference please let us know and there may be a possibility to pay a partial registration fee or to apply for a bursary.

Here is a list of places to stay overnight in Truro, including dormitory-style rooms on site at theDebert Hospitality Centre; call (902) 662-4074 for reservations.



Previous Conferences

The Fourth Annual Conservation Science Meeting took place on November 13, 2015 at the Caledonia Fire Hall. For more information click the Science 2015 link under Conferences in the left side-bar. The discussion group notes and action items have now been posted! Thank-you to all those that were able to attend or volunteer at our very successful event!





The Third Annual Conservation Science Meeting took place on November 7, 2014 at the Lunenburg Fire Hall. For more information click the Science 2014 link under Conferences in the left side-bar. Thanks to everyone who came out!





The Second Annual MTRI Science Conference took place on November 1, 2013 at the NSCC Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater. For more information, click on the 2013 Science Conference tab under Conferences. The abstracts and presentations have now been posted!




The Species at Risk 2013 Recovery in Atlantic Canada Stewardship Meeting was held in May! For more information click on the Science 2013 tab under Conferences!