Dr. David Flores is originally from San Diego, California. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Flores joined the Research and Development branch of the U.S. Forest Service in 2012 as a Presidential Management Fellow and is currently a Research Social Scientist in the Human Dimensions Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, Colorado. His publications have appeared in Societies Without Borders, Sociological Forum, Symbolic Interaction, and Armed Forces and Society.
In addition to publishing from his dissertation, Dr. Flores is currently working on three major research projects examining: 1) minority groups and outdoor recreation; 2) the impact of climate change on rural communities in Arizona and New Mexico; 3) the social-ecological impacts of urban development on communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Flores has been awarded research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, and the USDA Forest Service 10 new Scientists Initiative. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.