The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) operates a field station in Kempt, Queens County, Nova Scotia which provides office work space and basic accommodations for researchers carrying out studies in the area. MTRI is a co-operative of land owners and researchers working together with a common mission and vision.


MTRI's Mission: To promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (SNBR) and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

MTRI's Vision: Prosperous and knowledgeable human communities in the SNBR where decisions with biodiversity implications are: well-informed by research; where species are not at risk; where there is landscape and aquatic connectivity; healthy forests and healthy aquatic ecosystems.

History: MTRI was incorporated as a co-operative in 2004 and purchased a 3-acre field station in 2006. The field station was renovated and expanded in 2010. MTRI has developed a reputation as a top-notch research and education co-operative within and beyond its rural community and has grown its program, revenue, and staff steadily since its inception.

Members and Partners: More than 600 members and 30 partners make up the co-operative, which is still growing.

Board of Directors: The non-profit co-operative's Board of Directors balances contributions from the public, landowners, industry, educators, and three levels of government.

Volunteer Committees: MTRI has five committees in addition to its Board of Directors which are made up of members of the co-operative. To learn more about the committees or become a volunteer or member, contact us.

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