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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Please note: MTRI Notice of Temporary Closure

Our board and staff wish to inform that MTRI is temporarily suspending many activities effective today, following the NS Health Authority directives to contain community spread.

We are guided by a safety priority for our community of staff, guests and collaborators. We will use an adaptive approach for the continuity of core services, moving to a remote work model until further notice.

Our facility is closed to guests until that time, and we will continually reassess based on the advice of public health authorities.



Please use technology to contact our staff:

Administrative Coordinator:

Co-executive directors:
Jane Barker:
Jeffie McNeil:

Our board:
Chair Leif Helmer:
Vice-chair Cindy Staicer:



Leif Helmer, MTRI Chair
Cindy Staicer, MTRI Vice-chair


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