SECORE International, Inc. is a leading conservation organization for the restoration of coral reefs. With sound science as the basis of our work, findings and developed methods are translated by engineers into innovative techniques and tools to implement reef restoration at much larger scales than currently possible―which is urgently needed, regarding the dire situation of coral reefs worldwide.
We have established a global network of scientists, public aquarium professionals as well as local authorities, partners and stakeholders. We share our knowledge in training events and workshops, and mentor our partners for implementing new techniques on-site.
Our focus is to work with breeding corals, enabling us to get huge numbers of coral babies by collecting coral germ cells during natural spawning events on the reef, while supporting the corals' genetic diversity and consequently promoting reef resilience at the same time. We develop tools to raise corals without the need for sophisticated land-based facilities and to bring them back to the wild in more efficient ways. We are dedicated to giving coral reefs a fighting chance for the future!
Our Mission: creating and sharing the tools and technologies to sustainably restore coral reefs worldwide.
Our Vision: a world where thriving coral reefs support healthy oceans for future generations.
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).
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Dr. Dirk Petersen, Founder and Executive Director
Kara Rising, MACC, Administrative Manager
Aric Bickel, M.A., Operations Manager
Dr. Margaret Miller, Research Director
Dr. Valérie Chamberland, Research Scientist Curacao
Kelly Latijnhouwers, M.Sc., Caribbean Restoration Coordinator
Sandra Mendoza Quiroz, M.Sc., Restoration Technician Mexico
Miles Louis McGonigle, Project Engineer, Miami
Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer
Lucas Ney, Vice-PR Officer
Board of Directors
Dr. Richard Shank – chairman – The Shank Family Foundation, USA
Mike Brittsan, M.Sc. – vice-chairman – USA
Laura Byrne, Esq. – treasurer – Byrne and Byrne, USA
Michelle Galligan – chair Governance Committee – ViaVero, USA
Suzanne Green – The Green Foundation, USA
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Margaret Miller, SECORE International, Chair
Dr. Anastazia Banaszak – National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
Dr. Iliana Baums – Penn State University, USA
Dr. James Guest – Newcastle University, UK
Dr. Rebecca Albright - California Academy of Sciences, USA
Prof. Peter Harrison - Director, Marine Ecology Research Centre, Southern Cross University, Australia
Dr. Valerie Paul, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA
Zoo and Aquarium Advisory Board
Aric Bickel, SECORE International, Chair
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
Suchana Patel - marketing advisor
Claartje Visser – consulting, CLAARTJEVISSER.NL
Peter A. Precario – Attorney at Law, Columbus, USA
Dr. Alexander Bulach – Attorney at Law, Munich, Germany
In the media
2019/02 - Feature about Dr. Anastazia Banaszak, lead of our joint restoration project in Mexico, Lenny Letter
Collapsing coral reefs — can we rebuild them?
2019/01 - Interview with Research Director Margaret Miller on Radio CBC - Quirks & Quarks
How to raise baby corals?
2018/9 - Video portrait of SECORE Research Scientist Valérie Chamberland, produced by Exposure Labs
2020/1 - Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery
Iliana Baums, Andrew Baker, Sarah Davies, Andréa Grottoli, Carly Kenkel, Sheila Kitchen, Ilsa Kuffner, Todd LaJeunesse, Mikhail Matz, Margaret Miller, John E. Parkinson, Andrew A. Shantz (2019): Considerations for maximizing the adaptive potential of restored coral populations in the western Atlantic, doi.org/10.1002/eap.1978
2019/4 - Considerations for maximizing the adaptive potential of restored coral populations in the western Atlantic
Jay Fisch, Crawford Drury, Erica K. Towle, Rivah N. Winter, Margaret W. Miller (2019): Physiological and reproductive repercussions of consecutive summer bleaching events of the threatened Caribbean coral Orbicella faveolata, Coral Reef, doi.org/10.1007/s00338-019-01817-5
2019/3 - Physiological and reproductive repercussions of consecutive summer bleaching events of the threatened Caribbean coral O
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