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, and Lucas Ney,

Current job openings

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


Dr. Dirk Petersen, Founder and Executive Director

Kathy Shank, Interim Administrative Manager

Aric Bickel, M.A., Operations Manager

Dr. Margaret Miller, Research Director

Dr. Valérie Chamberland, Research Scientist, Curaçao

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

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

Miles Louis McGonigle, Project Engineer, Miami

Dr. Carin Jantzen, PR Officer

Lucas Ney, Vice-PR Officer


Development and Major gifts

Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, Development Executive - Goettler Associates


Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Shank – chairman – The Shank Family Foundation, USA

Mike Brittsan, M.Sc. – vice-chairman – USA

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

Laura Byrne, Esq. – treasurer – Byrne and Byrne, USA

Michelle Galligan – chair Governance Committee – ViaVero, USA

Suzanne Green – The Green Foundation, USA

Stephanie Stone - Communications Consultant, USA

Brian Dudley - Aquatic Adventures, 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, Columbia

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 advice

Peter A. Precario – Attorney at Law, Columbus, USA

Dr. Alexander Bulach – Attorney at Law, Munich, Germany

Lead partners

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


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.
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

Margaret W. Miller​, Allan J. Bright, Rachel E. Pausch, Dana E. Williams (2020) PeerJ Larval longevity and competency patterns of Caribbean reef-building corals.
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.
2020/2 - Coral reef restoration efforts in Latin American countries and territories

John Everett Parkinson Andrew C. Baker Iliana B. Baums Sarah W. Davies Andréa G. Grottoli Sheila A. Kitchen Mikhail V. Matz Margaret W. Miller Andrew A. Shantz Carly D. Kenkel (2020): Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery. Conservation Letters, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12687
2020/1 - Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery

Save our future - protect coral reefs

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SECORE International, Inc.
4673 Northwest Parkway Hilliard
Ohio, 43026
phone: +1 - 614 - 969 - 3150

Meet our supporters

SECORE's lead partners are:

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

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