Dr. Wyndylyn von Zharen

Full CV

Phone: (409) 740-4485

Email: VonZharen@tamug.edu,

Texas A&M University at Galveston
P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, Texas 77553

Regents Professor


  • Department of Marine Sciences (Home Department)
  • Department of Maritime Administration

Graduate Appointments

  • Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Department of Marine Biology
  • Department of Maritime Administration



  • Wicked Problems and Wicked Risk Assessment in Marine Ecosystems
  • Commercial Fisheries of the United States and Canada
  • Cumulative Effects of Multiple Anthropogenic Stressors on Marine Ecosystems
  • Implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) including the ISO 14000 Series
  • Wildlife Law and Ethics including Invasive Species Management
  • Fisheries Management Strategies
  • Ethical Dimensions of Marine Ecosystem Management
  • Communicating Science
  • International Environmental Law


  • LL.M., University of Texas: Coastal and Ocean Law/Admiralty Law
  • Negotiation Program: Harvard Law School
  • Studies in Admiralty and International Law and Toxic Torts, University of Houston School of Law
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • J.D., University of South Carolina: Admiralty Law/International Law (Strom Thurmond Fellowship)
  • Post-Doctoral Research: Anthropology, Furman University
  • Ed .D., University of Florida: Anthropology for University Teaching
  • M.Ed., University of Florida: Anthropology Emphasis
  • B.A., University of Florida: Anthropology Emphasis

Courses Taught

*Note: All courses are also offered via Distance Learning except MARS 660 (Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution).  MARS 610 (Environmental Law) is offered both in a class setting as well as Distance Learning dependent upon the semester.

  • Environmental Law (MARS 610/MARA 470)
  • International Environmental Business Ethics (MARS 620)
  • Environmental Administrative Law (MARS 640)
  • Wildlife Law and Ethics (MARS 645)
  • Invasive Species: Vectors, Impacts, Theories, and Management (MARS 648)
  • Fisheries Management Strategies (MARS 658)
  • Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution (MARS 660)
  • Environmental Management Strategies for Scientists (MARS 675/OCNG 675)
  • International and Federal Environmental Legal Regimes (MARS 676/OCNG 676)
  • Biotic Indicators of Marine Ecosystem Health (Field course in Nova Scotia, Canada) (MARS 689)

Selected Publications

  • Azzara, A, von Zharen, W., Newcomb, J., Mixed-methods analytic approach for determining potential impacts of vessel noise on sperm whale click behavior,  Azzara, A, von Zharen, W., Newcomb, J. J. Accust. Soc. Am. 134 (6), December 2013.
  • Rogers, R., von Zharen, W. The Commercial Fisheries of the United States and Canada, 2012 Edition, Canadian Marine Publications, 2012.
  • von Zharen, W., ISO 14000: Positioning Your Organization for Environmental Success, Government Institutes Press, 2001, 550 pp. (ISBN: 0-86587-819-6).
  • von Zharen, W., The ISO 14001: Self-Study Course – Self-paced, Measurable Learning about EMS) (based on ISO 14000: Positioning Your Organization for Environmental Success), Government Institutes Press, 2001, 500 pp. (PC#0028).
  • von Zharen, W., ISO 14000: Understanding the Environmental Standards, Government Institutes Press, 1996, 213 pp. (ISBN: 0-86587-510-3); Chinese translation, 1998, Gau Lih Book Co.