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). In 2012, we established a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation (SECORE Stiftung) in Europe, located in Germany.
Current job openings
Research Director: application completed
Project and Workshop Manager: application completed
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Dirk Petersen
Kathy Shank, Administrative Manager
Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer
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Sina Löschke, Associate PR Officer
Research & Restoration
Valerie Chamberland, M.Sc., Research Scientist Curacao
Kelly Latijnhouwers, M.Sc., Restoration Technician Curacao
Board of Directors
Mike Brittsan, M.Sc. – chairman – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 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 – SECORE International, Malaysia
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Anastazia Banaszak, Chair – 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
Zoo and Aquarium Advisory Board
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
Peter A. Precario – Attorney at Law, Columbus, USA
Dr. Alexander Bulach – Attorney at Law, Munich, Germany
In the media
2016 - ScienceDaily: Laboratory-bred corals reproduce in the wild
Coral Restoration Research Findings Bring Positive News for the Future of Coral Reefs
2016 - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - voices: Mark Schick on the involvement of Shedd Aquarium with SECORE
Review on coral reef restoration
2016 - Advanced Aquarist, the noble work of coral reef restoration
2016 - Four-year-old Caribbean Acropora colonies reared from field-collected gametes are sexually mature (pdf file)
Chamberland VF, Vermeij MJA, Brittsan M, Carl M, Schick M, Snowden S, Schrier A, Petersen D. 2015. Restoration of critically endangered elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) populations using larvae reared from wild-caught gametes. Global Ecology and Conservation 4:526–537, DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2015.10.005
2015 - Restoration of critically endangered elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) (pdf file)
J. R. Guest , M. V. Baria, E. D. Gomez, A. J. Heyward, A. J. Edwards (2014) losing the circle: is it feasible to rehabilitate reefs with sexually propagated corals? Coral Reefs 33(1):45-55.
2014 - Closing the circle: is it feasible to rehabilitate reefs with sexually propagated corals?
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