Daniel Horns

Faculty Member

Dr. Daniel Horns


Dr. Horns serves as Dean for the College of Science and he teaches geology courses for the Department of Earth Science at Utah Valley University (UVU). As Dean, Dr. Horns helps faculty members develop their skills as excellent teachers, helps members of the faculty and staff develop extracurricular learning opportunities for students, and facilitates initiatives to attract ever more excellent and diverse students, faculty, and staff to the college.

Prior to joining UVU, Dr. Horns worked for several years as a geologist at a geotechnical and environmental engineering firm. As a consulting geologist, he provided expertise on issues related to geologic hazards, water resources, and groundwater pollution. Thanks to this experience as an applied scientist, Dr. Horns promotes development of pratical skills for our students and cultivation of industry partnerships for our students, faculty, and staff.


Ph D, U.C. Davis, 1992

Major: Geology

BS, UCLA, 1985

Major: Applied Geophysics


HONR 2100

Modern Legacies, Fall 2022


Horns, Daniel , Utah Economic Outlook Summit, "Higher Education and its Influence on the Employment Market ", Utah Business Magazine, Salt Lake City. (November 17, 2022)
Horns, Daniel , Array, "Earthquake hazards in Utah", Thanksgiving Point , Lehi, Utah. (April, 2020)
Horns, Daniel , Utah Valley University Roots of Knowledge Lecture Series, "I Feel the Earth Move - Evolving Thoughts on the Dynamic Planet", Roots of Knowledge/UVU Library, Bingham Galley, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. (March 28, 2019)
Horns, Daniel , Provo Library STEM lecture series, "Earthquake Hazards in Utah", Provo Utah Library , Provo Utah . (June 14, 2018)
Horns, Daniel , Timpanogos Gem and Mineral Society Monthly Meeting, "Earthquake Hazards in Utah", Timpanogos Gem and Mineral Society, Springville, Utah. (February 28, 2018)
Bunds, Michael , Toke, Nathan , Horns, Daniel , Orem Library Science Lecture Series, "Earthquake Hazards in Utah", Orem Utah Library, Orem Utah. (February 20, 2018)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Abbott, Benjiman W, Baxter, Bonnie K, de Freitas, Lynn , Frei, Rebecca , Gomez, Teresa , Karren, Mary Anne , Buck, Rachel L, Price, Joseph , Frutos, Sara , Sowby, Robert B, Brahney, Janice , Hopkins, Bryan G, Nelson, Daren T, Horns, Daniel , Dove, Heather , Bishop, Tara , Johnson, Adam , Nelson, Kaye , Bennion, John , Belmont, Patrick , (2023) "Emergency measures needed to rescue Great Salt Lake from ongoing collapse" . https://pws.byu.edu/GSL%20report%202023
Toke, Nathan , Phillips, J , Langevin, C , Kleber, E , DuRoss, C B, Hiscock, A I, McDonald, G , Wells, J D, Carlson, J K, Horns, Daniel , (2021) "The Traverse Ridge Paleoseismic Site and Ruputres Crossing the Boundary Between the Provo and Salt Lake City Segments of the Wasatch Fault Zone – Utah, USA" (vol. 9). Frontiers in Earth Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2021.607018
Bunds, Michael , Uribe, alexander , Harris, Ron A, Berrett, Bryce , Horns, Daniel , Prasetyadi, Carolus , Andreini, Jeremy , (2019) "Three Years of UAS-Based High Resolution Topographic Surveys of a Coastal Boulder Deposit to Monitor Change and Assess Tsunami vs Storm Wave Deposition in Java, Indonesia" . American Geophysical Union 2019 Fall Meeting Scientific Program. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338083969_Three_Years_of_UAS-Based_High_Resolution_Topographic_Surveys_of_a_Coastal_Boulder_Deposit_to_Monitor_Change_and_Assess_Tsunami_vs_Storm_Wave_Deposition_in_Java_Indonesia
Toke, Nathan , Thomas, J , Bunds, Michael , Arnoff, M , Horns, Daniel , Carlson, J K, (2017) "Inferences about segmentation from recent surface breaks along the Wasatch Fault revealed from LiDAR, SfM, and outrcops from American Fork Canyon to Dimple Dell Regional Park, Utah" (vol. 46). Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Geological Association Special Publication_ Geology and Resources of the Wasatch. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319112688_INFERENCES_ABOUT_SEGMENTATION_FROM_RECENT_SURFACE_BREAKS_ALONG_THE_WASATCH_FAULT_REVEALED_FROM_LIDAR_SFM_AND_OUTCROPS_FROM_AMERICAN_FORK_CANYON_TO_DIMPLE_DELL_REGIONAL_PARK_UTAH
Horns, Daniel , Harris, Ron , Hall, Sarah , (2016) "A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Tsunami Disaster Prevention in Java, Indonesia" . American Geophysical Union 2016 Fall Meeting Scientific Program.
Horns, Daniel , Harris, Ron A., Hall, Sarah , Array, Array , "A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Tsunami Disaster Prevention in Java, Indonesia" . American Geophysical Union. https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm16/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/167103


Atlas Award

UVU Office for Global Engagement - April, 2021

Community Engagement Award

UVU Latin American Celebration - May, 2019

Presidential Award of Excellence for Inclusion

Utah Valley University - April 20, 2014

College of Science and Health Teacher of the Year

Utah Valley University - April 20, 2001

Alumni Association Teacher of the Year

Utah Valley University - April 20, 1999