Dr. Mark Zacharias

Dr. Mark Zacharias, Adjunct Associate Professor (UVic Geography) and Assistant Deputy Minister, Province of BC, Canada

Contact: mzachari@uvic.ca

Mark Zacharias is currently Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Sustainability and Policy Division with the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment. He has formerly held other Assistant Deputy Minister positions in post-secondary education and land management within the Province of British Columbia. Mark is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in of Science from the University of Victoria and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Mark’s research focuses on meso-scale marine ecology and the confluence of conservation and policy issues.

Selected publications:


Roff, J.C. and M.A. Zacharias. 2011. Marine Conservation Ecology. Earthscan Ltd. London. 440 pp.

Refereed Journal Publications:

Matthew L.K, C.A. Peery, N, Wright, W. R. Daigle, C C. Caudilla, T. S. Clabough, D.W. Griffith and M.A. Zacharias. 2007. Evaluating the NOAA Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard in estuarine systems: A Columbia River Estuary case study. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 21(12): 1-18.

Zacharias, M.A. L.R. Gerber and K.D. Hyrenbach 2006. External scientific review of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 8(1): 1-12

Zacharias, M.A. and D. Kushner. 2006. Sea temperature and wave height as predictors of population size structure and density of Megastrea (Lithopoma) undosa: Implications for fishery management. Bulletin of Marine Science 79(1): 71-82.

L.R. Gerber, K.D. Hyrenbach and M.A. Zacharias. 2005. Reply to Papastravrou and Leaper. Science 309: 51-52.

L.R. Gerber, K.D. Hyrenbach and M.A. Zacharias. 2005. The International Whaling Commission’s Sanctuary Program: Do the world’s largest protected areas protect whales or whalers? Science 307: 525-526.

Zacharias, M.A. and E. Gregr. 2005. Sensitivity and vulnerability in marine environments: A value-stress approach to identifying Vulnerable Marine Areas. Conservation Biology 19(1): 86-97.

Zacharias, M.A. and J.C. Roff. 2001. Explanations of patterns of intertidal diversity at regional scales. Journal of Biogeography. 28(4): 471-483

Zacharias, M.A. and J.C. Roff 2001. Zacharias and Roff vs. Salomon et al.: Who adds more value to marine conservation efforts? Conservation Biology 15(5): 1456-1458.

Zacharias, M.A. and J.C. Roff. 2001. Use of focal species in marine conservation and management: A Review and Critique. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 11: 59-76.

Zacharias, M.A. and J.C. Roff. 2000. A hierarchical ecological approach to conserving marine biodiversity. Conservation Biology 14(5): 1327-1334.

Zacharias, M.A., M.C. Morris, and D.E. Howes. 1999. Large scale characterization of intertidal communities using a predictive model. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 239(2): 223-241.

Zacharias, M.A., and D.E. Howes, 1998. An analysis of marine protected areas in British Columbia using a Marine Ecological Classification. Natural Areas Journal 18(1): 4-13.

Zacharias, M.A., D.E. Howes, J.R. Harper and P. Wainwright. 1998. The development and verification of a marine ecological classification: A case study in the Pacific marine region of Canada. Coastal Management 26(2): 105-124.

Zacharias, M.A., D.E. Howes and J.R. Harper. 1998. An ecosystem approach to marine conservation. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 2247: 96-104.

Zacharias, M.A. M. Morris, and D.E. Howes. A biophysical habitat classification for intertidal environments in the Strait of Georgia. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 2247: 104-111.

Zacharias, M.A., O. Niemann and G. A. Borstad, 1992. An assessment and classification of a multispectral bandset for the remote sensing of intertidal seaweeds. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 18: 263-274.