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 numerous conferences that are open to the public using a variety of themes, formats, and venues but always with a focus on biodiversity conservation. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please feel free to call or email.


Upcoming Conferences:

Climate Change at the Local Level: Understanding and Addressing the Crisis


 MTRI's Annual Science Conference

We will be hosting our annual science conference this May 2021. 

In the face of COVID-19 restrictions, we will meet using Zoom, over three separate mornings. Sessions will include plenary talks, oral presentations, poster presentations, and small group discussions focused on topics such as community action, youth engagement, impacts on biodiversity and the environment, and climate change mitigation.

Dates:   May 4 - 6, 2021 (9 AM - 12 PM) 

  • Tuesday, May 4 – Environmental Impacts of Climate Change
  • Wednesday, May 5 – Community Climate Action
  • Thursday, May 6 – Youth Climate Action

An online poster session, followed by an online social, will be held on May 5 from 6:00 ‐ 7:00 PM.

Call for presentations

MTRI invites abstracts for oral presentations with a climate change focus. 

Presentations should be relevant to climate change in Southwestern Nova Scotia.

Presentations will be either 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes in length.

MTRI also invites abstracts for poster presentations on research,

monitoring or management of species and ecosystems in Kespukwitk. 

These will be 2 minute pre-recorded presentations.

To register for a presentation or poster, you must submit an abstract

and send it to 

For details on abstract submission and registration, visit:

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 5, 2021

Registration Deadline: April 5, 2021 






Previous Conferences

The Seventh Annual Conservation Science Meeting took place on October 18-19, 2018 in Bear River. It was concurrent with Bear River First Nation's Harvesters Gathering and included a mix of cultural events, poster and oral presentations, and guided walks.




The Sixth Annual Conservation Science Meeting took place on July 14, 2017 in Caledonia, Nova Scotia. It was followed by a weekend BioBlitz at Kejimkujik.

The Fifth Annual Conservation Science Meeting took place on October 19-21, 2016 in Debert, Nova Scotia. It was MTRI's first multi-day science conference and included field trips for the first time!


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!