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.
A Grand Experiment for Palm Trees

A Grand Experiment for Palm Trees

Each year we hope to see how the palms are responding to the different treatments and what these responses may mean for the palm population as a whole.   read more

Conserving Threatened Palms

Conserving Threatened Palms

The protected area where we are working represents the northernmost stretch of tropical deciduous forest in the Americas, and possibly the most intact.   read more

Observing Nature as a Child

Observing Nature as a Child

Neither of my parents would consider themselves naturalists, of even the amateur variety, and I rarely learned the names of the plants or animals I saw. But they encouraged me to observe and explore.   read more