giving coral reefs a future

worldwide coral reef conservation through research, education, outreach, and restoration

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About us

 

SECORE International is a leading conservation organization for the protection and restoration of coral reefs.

We need a holistic approach to save our coral reefs. SECORE is a global network of scientists, public aquarium professionals and local stakeholders. We use a multidisciplinary strategy combining research, education, outreach and active reef restoration for the conservation of coral reefs.

Our experts develop innovative strategies to restore populations of endangered coral species and rehabilitate ecological and economic services of coral reefs around the world.  

The idea of SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) was born in 2002 with the innovative coral breeding research of Dr. Dirk Petersen at the Rotterdam Zoo. Two years later, Mike Brittsan, M.Sc., Director of Aquatic Sciences at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (USA) joined to establish SECORE in the USA.

SECORE International is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The corporation is based in Ohio (USA). 

 

Current job openings

  • We have no vacant positions at the moment.


Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Dirk Petersen


Administration

Kara Rising, Administrative Manager

Kathy Shank, Advisor

 

Development

Susan Gerrish, Development Director

 

Public Relations

Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer (on maternity/parental leave)

Sina Löschke, M.Sc., Associate PR Officer

For press inquiries, please contact s.loeschke@secore.org

 

Projects and Workshops

Aric Bickel, M.A., Project and Workshop Manager

 

Research & Restoration

Dr. Margaret Miller, Research Director

Dr. Valerie Chamberland, Research Scientist Curacao

Kelly Latijnhouwers, M.Sc., Restoration Technician Curacao

 

Board of Directors

Mike Brittsan, M.Sc. – chairman – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, USA

Bart Shepherd, M.Sc. - vice chairman - Steinhart Aquarium, Cal. Academy of Sciences, USA

Dr. Richard Shank – treasurer and secretary - Consultant, USA

Clyde Woodburn – Clyde and Connie Woodburn Foundation, USA

Suzanne Green – The Green Foundation, USA

Christoph Haacke, MSc. - BioDivers, Germany

Dr. James Guest – Newcastle University, U.K.

Dr. Deni Porej – WWF Mediterranean Program, Italy

Michelle Galligan – ViaVero, USA

 

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Margaret Miller, SECORE International, Chair

Dr. Anastazia Banaszak – National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico

Dr. Alasdair Edwards – Newcastle University, UK

Dr. Iliana Baums – Penn State University, USA

Dr. James Guest – Newcastle University, UK

Dr. Laurie Raymundo – University of Guam, USA

Dr. Mark Vermeij – CARMABI Foundation / University of Amsterdam, Curacao

 

Zoo and Aquarium Advisory Board

Aric Bickel, SECORE International, Chair

Richard Ross – Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, USA

Mark Schick – Shedd Aquarium, USA

Mitch Carl – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, USA

 

Media and Communications

Paul Selvaggio – photography, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Vanessa Cara-Kerr - videography and production, Reef Patrol

Nele Schütz - graphic design, Nele Schütz Design

Mike McCue - videography, Underwater World Guam

Claartje Visser – consulting, CLAARTJEVISSER.NL

 

Legal advice

Peter A. Precario – Attorney at Law, Columbus, USA

Dr. Alexander Bulach – Attorney at Law, Munich, Germany

Main supporters

The Green Foundation
Clyde and Connie Woodburn Foundation
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
TUI Cruises
California Academy of Science
The Nature Conservancy

Main partners

The Nature Conservancy

References




In the media

Scientists Are Breeding Super Coral That Can Survive Climate Change: VICE on HBO, Full Episode
2018 - TV documentary: SECORE's work featured on VICE News (HBO)

Successful Coral Sowing Reef Regeneration Trial in Curaçao
2018 - DIVE magazine (UK): Feature about SECORE's work in Curaçao,

As Corals Wither Around The World, Scientists Try IVF
2017 - National Public Radio: Feature about SECORE's coral restoration work in Guam




Scientific publications

Rachel E. Pausch, Dana E. Williams, Margaret W. Miller (2018): Impacts of fragment genotype, habitat, and size on outplanted elkhorn coral success under thermal stress, MEPS 592:109-117 (2018) - DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12488
2018 - Impacts of fragment genotype, habitat, and size on outplanted elkhorn coral success under thermal stress

Mark C. Ladd, Margaret W. Miller, John H. Hunt, William C. Sharp Deron E. Burkepile (2018): Harnessing ecological processes to facilitate coral restoration, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1792
2018 - Coral reef restoration can build on lessons learned from restoring other ecosystems

Valérie F Chamberland, Dirk Petersen, James R Guest, Udo Petersen, Mike Brittsan, Mark JA Vermeij: New Seeding Approach Reduces Costs and Time to Outplant Sexually Propagated Corals for Reef Restoration. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-17555-z
2017 - New Seeding Approach Reduces Costs and Time to Outplant Sexually Propagated Corals for Reef Restoration (open access)


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SECORE International, Inc.
4673 Northwest Parkway Hilliard
Ohio, 43026
USA
phone: +1 - 614 - 969 - 3150
e-mail: info@secore.org
Meet our supporters

SECORE's main supporters are:

The Green Foundation
Clyde and Connie Woodburn Foundation
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
TUI Cruises
California Academy of Science
The Nature Conservancy

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