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). In 2012, we established a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation (SECORE Stiftung) in Europe, located in Germany.

 

Current job openings


Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Dirk Petersen


Administration

Kathy Shank, Administrative Manager

 

Public Relations

Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer

For press inquiries, please contact c.jantzen@secore.org

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

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 – 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 – SECORE International, Malaysia

Dr. Laurie Raymundo – University of Guam, USA

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

 

Zoo and Aquarium Advisory Board

Bart Shepherd, M.Sc. – Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, USA

Mark Schick – Shedd Aquarium, USA

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

Skylar Snowden – Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG 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

References




In the media

New hope for endangered corals: Scientists take an important step towards sustainable restoration of Caribbean reefs
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




Scientific publications

Chamberland VF, Petersen D, Latijnhouwers KRW, Snowden S, Mueller B, Vermeij MJA. 2016. Four-year-old Caribbean Acropora colonies reared from field-collected gametes are sexually mature. Bulletin of Marine Science DOI: 10.5343/bms.2015.1074
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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Ohio, 43026
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Hoehenstrasse 23
65520 Bad Camberg
Germany
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

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