giving coral reefs a future

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

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About us

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).


For media inquiries please contact:

Dr. Carin Jantzen, c.jantzen@secore.org and Lucas Ney, l.ney@secore.org

 

Current job openings

  • see our vacancies at OUR WORK - Job Opportunities with SECORE

Like a coral reef, we believe SECORE thrives with diversity

SECORE strongly believes that a community of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities and cultures best prepares us to achieve our research, conservation, and restoration goals. Our strategy for implementing large scale coral restoration depends on working and partnering in many nations and across cultures. We appreciate that every person brings a unique viewpoint and experience to advance our mission, and we seek for our staff and boards to increasingly represent and encompass the diverse cultures, backgrounds, orientations, and perspectives of the communities in which we work and live. SECORE maintains that inclusion requires an ongoing commitment, one we enthusiastically make to build an organization that actively supports diversity across all lines of difference including age, economic circumstance, ethnicity, sex, race, range of ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression.

Staff

Dr. Dirk Petersen, Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Margaret Miller, Research Director

Aric Bickel, M.A., Director of Technology and Implementation

Kelly Dufour, MCRP, Operations Director 

Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer 

Dr. Valérie Chamberland, Research Scientist, Curaçao

Miles Louis McGonigle, B.Sc., Project Engineer, Miami

Mary Kate Cullen, B.Sc., Administration Manager

Lucas Ney, M.Sc., Communications and Outreach Specialist

Kelly Latijnhouwers, M.Sc., Caribbean Restoration Coordinator, Curaçao

Sandra Mendoza Quiroz, M.Sc., Mexico Restoration Coordinator, Mexico

Eduardo Antonio Avila Pech, B.Sc., Roving Restoration Technician

Tania Doblado Speck, B.A., Caribbean Training Coordinator, Mexico

 

Development and Major gifts

Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, Development Executive, Goettler Associates
l.overmyer@secore.org

 

Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Shank, Chairman, The Shank Family Foundation, USA

Michelle Galligan, Vice-chairwoman, Keep Financials, USA

Bart Shepherd, M.Sc., Secretary, Steinhart AquariumCal. Academy of Sciences, USA

Laura Byrne, Esq., Treasurer, Byrne and Byrne, USA

Suzanne Green, The Green Foundation, USA

Stephanie Stone, Science Journalist, USA

Brian Dudley, Aquatic Adventures, USA

Dr. Jené Kapela, Kapela Leadership Solutions, USA

Fernando Bretos, The Ocean Foundation, USA

 

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Margaret Miller, SECORE International, Chair

Prof. Andrew Baker, University of Miami, USA

Dr. Elvira Alvarado Chacon, Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozan, Colombia

Prof. 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

Richard Ross – Steinhart AquariumCalifornia 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, Marine Science Center Florida

Suchana Patel - marketing advisor

Claartje Visser – consulting, CLAARTJEVISSER.NL

 

Legal Counsel

Peter A. Precario, J.D. – Policy Advisor, Columbus, USA

Alexander Bulach, J.D. – Attorney at Law, Munich, Germany

Lead partners

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
California Academy of Science
Hagenbeck
The Builders Initiative

References




In the media

Special Coral Reef issue of the ECO Magazine, in cooperation with the ICRS 2021, featuring the article Growing Corals - our work lively explained based on notes from the field. http://digital.ecomagazine.com/publication/frame.
2020/1 Growing Coral, ECO Magazine

Future Oceans - Women working to save coral reefs in Mexico
2019/2 - Feature about Dr. Anastazia Banaszak, lead of our joint restoration project in Mexico, Lenny Letter

Collapsing coral reefs — can we rebuild them? together with Terry Hughes (James Cook University, Australia)
2019/1 - Interview with Research Director Margaret Miller on Radio CBC - Quirks & Quarks




Scientific publications

Knowlton N, Grottoli AG, Kleypas J, Obura D, Corcoran E, de Goeij J, Felis T, Harding S, Mayfield A, Miller M, Osuka K, Peixoto R, Randall CJ, Voolstra CR, Wells S, Wild C, Ferse S. 2021. Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge. International Coral Reef Society and Future Earth Coasts, 56 pp. https://doi.org/10.53642/NRKY9386
2021/7 Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge

Margaret W. Miller​, Allan J. Bright, Rachel E. Pausch, Dana E. Williams (2020) PeerJ Larval longevity and competency patterns of Caribbean reef-building corals. doi.org/10.7717/peerj.9705
2020/3 Larval longevity and competency patterns of Caribbean reef-building corals

Elisa Bayraktarov, Anastazia T. Banaszak, et al. (2020) PLOS ONE Coral reef restoration efforts in Latin American countries and territories. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228477
2020/2 - Coral reef restoration efforts in Latin American countries and territories


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Ohio, 43026
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Meet our supporters

SECORE's lead partners are:

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
California Academy of Science
Hagenbeck
The Builders Initiative

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