Dorothy A. Horn
(805) 279-7491

Professional and Personal Life Goal:

A true passion for constant learning, promoting and educating people to attain a healthy connection and protection of our environment.

Research Experience

Microplastics in the Sandy Beach Ecosystem (Senior Capstone) 2016

  • Abundance and identification
  • Invertebrate Infaunal surveys
  • Invertebrate ingestion of plastics

Cook Island Tropical Research 2015

  • Coral reef survey
  • Lagoon surveys
  • Sandy Beach surveys
  • Cultural surveys

 Santa Rosa Island Field School 2015

  • Invasive species management
  • Vegetation survey and monitoring
  • Sandy Beach survey and monitoring
  • Island Oak restoration project
  • Intertidal survey and monitoring
  • Pollinator surveys

Ormond Beach Nest Monitoring March 2015 to current

Field Assistant to Cynthia Hartley

  • Observe flocks of Snowy Plovers and California Least Terns
  • Observe and record all active nests using GPS
  • Observe and record all fledglings, monitor movement and weekly counts
  • Interact with public on the beach to educate and help create a safer environment for the endangered birds.

 Wetlands Project CSUCI Dr. Anderson’s lab

Lab assistant Spring 2015

  • Count/Record insect species on all traps
  • Identify Insects in traps
  • Data entry for end of year report

 Professional Experience

GIS Analyst February 2015 to May 2016

  • Using ArcGIS to georectify and georeference historic aerial photographs of the Channel Islands to complete the digital and historical database of the National park owned islands
  • Train with CHIS National Park GIS specialists for methodology and adherence to quality control

National Park Service October 2015 to February 2016

Biological Technician Intern

  • Perform invasive plant control (mechanical, chemical and annual) including related GPS/GIS data collection and post-processing
  • Perform native plant propagation, seed collection and basic nursery maintenance.
  • Perform native plant restoration. Including site prep, plant installation and site maintenance
  • Assist botanist and plant ecologist with data collection for long term vegetation and post-fire monitoring programs
  • Assisted with other data collection for park projects
  • Data entry

Paddle Surf Outlet July 2013 to current

Paddle Board Instructor

  • Conducts Paddle Board lessons for private and groups
  • Opens/Closes shop
  • Provides Safe environment while exploring the Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors and surrounding surf zones.

Wellfit, Malibu January 2014 to March 2014

Program Director

  • Develops fitness and wellness program
  • Hires, trains and schedules training and hiking staff
  • Guest health and wellness promoter
  • Creator of sales programs and social media marketing

 Biggest Loser Resort Fitness Ridge, Malibu March 2012 to October 2014

Guest Services Manager

  • Social media marketing for pro shop sales, on site services and weekly reservations
  • Guest health and wellness provider and promoter
  • Acts as visible leader of staff to provide excellent service for each guest
  • Develops marketing and sales techniques for return guest programs

Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital June 2007 – July 2011 Large/Small animal Technician

  • Assist doctors in handling animals
  • Assist customers with bill, payments and understanding doctors written orders
  • Give vaccinations, conduct blood draws and assist in field surgery


LA Water Keeper: Stand Up for Clean Water April 2016

  • Poster presentation: Pollutants in Our Sandy Beach Ecosystem
  • Community presentation on Microplastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem

Ventura Audubon Presentation March 2016

  • Poster presentation: Pollutants in Our Sandy Beach Ecosystem
  • Community presentation on Microplastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem.

 CSU Chancellor’s Conference March 2016

  • Poster presentation on Pollutants in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem

 Ventura County Surfrider February 2016

  • Presentation on Pervasive Plastics in Sand crabs

Lakey Peterson/Surf Happens/Teddy Bear Foundation Surf Contest Presentation December 2015

  • Community presentation on Microplastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem

Western Society of Naturalists November 2015

  • Poster presentation on Pervasive Plastics in Sand crabs

Military Affiliation:

United States Marine Corps Honorable Discharge



Cal State Channel Islands BS in Environmental Science, Minor in Biology 2016

Santa Rosa Island Field School 2015


Dr. Sean Anderson (805) 732-2732

Dr. Clare Wormald Steele (650) 283-4671

Dr. Merle DerVartanian (805) 402-7491

Cynthia Hartley

Randy Heuser, General Manager Wellfit, Malibu (818) 706-1660

Sgt. Betsey Allain, USMC (858) 361-9395

Irina Irvine, NPS (818) 264-8164