is a framework for marine environmentalists, scientists, divers and other passionate people which would like to preserve our biosphere, with a strategy based on reason and the scientific method.
It stands for Center for Oceanic Research and Education | south east asia
We are open for everyone, given that you have common sense or at least some humor. It’s necessary if you are thinking about volunteering with us.
We work with a simple mission statement, that is probably impossible to achieve in a lifetime:
To understand and protect the marine biodiversity of south east asia
Yes, it’s a bit silly, but we’ll try anyway
What we do
CORE sea is a international non governmental organisation of scientists, naturalists, environmentalists and other amazing people with a peculiar passion for water. CORE sea’s field stations are organized as ‘company limited’. Generated funds are transferred to the mother NGO, which can distribute between stations and projects as needed.
What we are
Who we are
CS Koh Phangan Crew:
Janina studied educational sciences in Hamburg and worked in adult education, before she was dragged to Thailand by her husband.Since then, Janina dived extensively in South East Asia and is fascinated with aquatic wonderland in front of her door step. A lot of her experience in adult education found its way into the courses. Today, Janina manages CORE sea’s logistics, accommodation and temper tantrums.
Stefan has been living and working as a diving instructor, center manager, and guide in the Gulf of Thailand for the best part of a decade, which has allowed him virtually endless opportunities to indulge in his passion for teaching, diving, photography and all things aquatic. Today, Stef leads the education department, which gives time even more time for his passion. The pictures on this site are from him.
Eike started diving 1994 on Koh Tao, Thailand. Hooked ever since, he dived in South-East Asia, Central America and Europe, including research dive training on Elba, Italy. He studied marine biology at the University of Bremen and the Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology in Germany, for which he waded through the muddy waters of Indonesia’s estuaries, which wasn’t as pleasant as his current job.
Susanne finished her diploma in biology with her dissertation at CORE sea in 2011. After she volunteered in several projects ranging from monitoring otters to counting cetaceans in the cold Scottish sea, she found herself inside an semi-sustainable certification company. We had so stop this misery, so we gave her a job. Susi is responsible for our conservation programs and assists with the science projects.
CS Indonesia Crew
Project & Internship Coordinator
Pia studied biology at the University of Bremen, investigating clownfish physiology. Her PhD brought her to Indonesia to study ecophysiology of fish and corals, causing her to fall in love with the country. She is a trained German Research Diver but prefers diving in the tropics to the North Sea. At COREsea she makes sure projects are running as smoothly as possible while researchers and interns are staying happy.
Science & Outreach Coordinator
Hauke got his feet wet for the first time in the murky mangroves of Central Java. It was a hot, dirty and mosquito-infested place – he was hooked. He then got an upgrade for his master thesis, during which he looked at the effects of excessive tourism on water quality in the reefs around Koh Phangan. For his PhD he finished his German Research Diver certification and returned to Indonesia to study microbes in coral reefs.