Von Zharen new chairwoman of Texas Sea Grant Advisory Committee

May 07, 2014

By Cindie Powell

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s Advisory Committee earlier this week elected Dr. Wyndylyn von Zharen, Regents Professor in the Marine Science Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston, as the group’s new chairwoman.

The Advisory Committee is tasked with providing guidance to Texas Sea Grant, a non-academic research center at Texas A&M University, in developing goals, priorities, partnerships and programs to advance its mission of improving the understanding, wise use and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. The group’s annual meeting was held April 29-30 at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

"The vice chair and I are pleased to be able to serve the Texas Sea Grant College Program, and we look forward to assisting the director and staff, as needed, in achieving Sea Grant's ambitious and worthy goals," von Zharen said.

The committee elected Karen Huber, adjunct professor at The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Policy and a member of the Hill Country Alliance Board of Directors, as vice-chairwoman.

Three additional Advisory Committee members — Dr. David Brown, Regional Climate Services Director for the Southern Region of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center; Ryan Fikes, staff scientist for the Gulf Restoration Campaign of the National Wildlife Federation; and Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board — were appointed to the executive committee.

Board members are appointed by the Texas Sea Grant director and serve for four years. The offices of chair and vice chair have two-year terms.

The full list of Texas Sea Grant Advisory Committee members is available here.


Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.