Christa Horn

Blogger Profile: Christa Horn

As a research coordinator in the Applied Plant Ecology division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Christa Horn works to conserve the beautiful flora that animals and people depend on for food, shelter, and more. Her main research project takes her to the rain forests of Peru where she is helping an indigenous group sustainably harvest fruit from a palm for sale in the local markets. When not working on the Peru project, Christa helps the other members of the Applied Plant Ecology team restore habitat for threatened or endangered species, including the coastal cactus wren and Stephens’ kangaroo rat. With both a bachelor's and master's in Earth Systems from Stanford University, Christa draws on ecology, botany, anthropology, and geography to carry out her research.
Pondering the Mosquito: Malaria Fever Thoughts

Pondering the Mosquito: Malaria Fever Thoughts

I welcomed the New Year with a case of malaria, a direct result of spending weeks at a time in small Amazonian villages where Anopheles mosquitoes and the malaria they carry are a fact of life.   read more

Green Thumbs Offer Helping Hands

Green Thumbs Offer Helping Hands

Javier was about to set out with Postdoctoral Fellow Mark Bowler to the small village of Sucusari for 10 days of climbing the majestic trees of the Amazon basin. And he was clearly very excited about it all.   read more

Science Takes Time

Science Takes Time

I recently returned from a three-week trip to the Peruvian Amazon, working on a San Diego Zoo Global project helping indigenous villages manage their wild aguaje palms so there’s yummy palm fruit left over for wildlife!   read more

Insects Don’t Bug Me

Insects Don’t Bug Me

…because despite their small size as individuals, invertebrates as a group far outweigh mammals in total biomass.   read more

The Right Tools

The Right Tools

In August 2010, I spent three weeks trudging through swamps in the Peruvian Amazon to assess the aguaje palm population on the lands of an indigenous group known as the Maijuna.   read more