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 restoration and protection of coral reefs.

SECORE applies a multidisciplinary strategy combining research, active reef restoration, education, and outreach for the conservation of coral reefs. We have established a global network of scientists, public aquarium professionals and local authorities, partners and stakeholders.

Together with our partners we carry out restoration research, develop and implement innovative strategies and techniques to allow future reef restoration at much larger scales than currently possible. Through the Global Coral Restoration Project we aim at restoring reef ecosystem functioning and services around the world.

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, & Sina Löschke,

Current job openings

  • We are looking for a Project Engineer. More info you will find here!


Dr. Dirk Petersen, Founder and Executive Director

Kara Rising, MACC, Administrative Manager

Aric Bickel, M.A., Operations Manager

Dr. Margaret Miller, Research Director

Dr. Valerie Chamberland, Research Scientist Curacao

Dr. John Parkinson, Research Scientist Miami

Kelly Latijnhouwers, M.Sc., Restoration Technician Curacao

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

Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer

Sina Löschke, M.Sc., Associate PR Officer


Board of Directors

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

Bart Shepherd, M.Sc. - vice chairman - Steinhart AquariumCal. 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. 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

Dr. Rebecca Albright - California Academy of Sciences, 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, 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

Lead partners

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
California Academy of Science
The Nature Conservancy


In the media

Scientific publications

Mary Hagedorn, Christopher A. Page, Keri ONeill, Daisy M. Flores, Lucas Tichy, Valerie F. Chamberland, Claire Lager, Nikolas Zuchowicz, Kathryn Lohr, Harvey Blackburn, Tali Vardi, Jennifer Moore, Tom Moore, Mark J. A. Vermeij, Kristen L. Marhaver (2018), bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/492447
2018 - Successful demonstration of assisted gene flow in the threatened coral Acropora palmata across genetically-isolated Carib

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: 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: 10.1002/fee.1792
2018 - Coral reef restoration can build on lessons learned from restoring other ecosystems to develop creative methods for har

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Ohio, 43026
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Meet our supporters

SECORE's lead partners are:

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
California Academy of Science
The Nature Conservancy

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