Manager, Conservation and Research Programs
Rebecca Gericke manages Shedd Aquarium’s on-site research programs. She is responsible for overseeing the Research and Animal Welfare Committee. She also assists with existing citizen science initiatives and is working to develop future opportunities for public involvement in research. Gericke assists with programmatic and logistical support for field research and co-teaches a college course in the Bahamas aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II.
Before joining Shedd in 2012, Gericke had several years of experience in marine ecology and conservation research and implementation. While at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Dauphin Island, AL, Gericke worked as the project manager on a multimillion dollar oyster reef restoration project in conjunction with the University of South Alabama, The Nature Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Gericke has conducted research in many marine environments, including the northern Gulf of Mexico, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea. She also worked as a marine science instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute on Catalina Island, CA, where she led educational snorkel and kayak trips.
Gericke received a master's degree in marine science from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and cheering on Chicago’s sports teams. Gericke is also a volunteer scuba diver in Shedd’s Wild Reef shark habitat.