Dave Goshorn has worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since 1992, serving initially as a member of the Fisheries Service Striped Bass Project, and later as Chief of the Living Resource Assessment Program, where he was responsible for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation restoration, fish community assessments, Coastal Bays monitoring, and harmful algal bloom response.
In 2003, Dave was named Director of DNR’s Resource Assessment Service where he managed programs responsible for the monitoring and assessment of all state waters, the Maryland Geological Survey, and the Power Plant Assessment Program. Since August 2007, Dave has directed the agency’s Office for a Sustainable Future, with responsibility for moving Maryland toward a sustainable future by identifying and helping to implement environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices and processes into DNR programs, as well as programs cutting across all Maryland state agencies.
A Towson native, Dave received his Bachelors degree in biology from Bucknell University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Delaware in 1989. He spent the next three years at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Ga., as a post-doctoral faculty member conducting research on juvenile Flounder and Drum.
Dave lives with his wife, Cynthia, and their three sons -- Ben, Alex and Chris -- in Arnold.