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My name is John Amiel Flores (they/them). I am currently a first year PhD Student at the University of California, Los Angeles. My overarching research goal is to investigate and predict how climate change will affect the coral reef community ecology by understanding the interplay between the multiple scales of biology. I am currently interested in how the impacts of physical disturbances from storms can alter reef communities. More specifically, I am currently investigating how epibiont communities on coral reef macroalgae respond after storms​.

Alongside my research aspirations, I have a love for mentorship and teaching. As a mentor, some of the most satisfying moments I experience are witnessing moments when things finally “click” as well as reflecting on the journey of growth. I will continue to mentor students interested in the marine sciences in hopes that my guidance will enrich their experience and help fuel their flames.


September 2021 - present

September 2017 - June 2021

August 2013 - June 2017

University of California, Los Angeles

Advisor: Dr. Paul Barber

University of California, Davis

B. S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity

Cumulative GPA: 3.9

Honors, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity Department Citation Award, Dean's Honors List, BUSP and BUSP-HR alumni

Advisors: Dr. Rachael Bay, Dr. Anne Todgham, and Dr. Connie Champagne

Mt. Eden High School

Hayward, CA

Top 4 of Class

Cumulative GPA: 4.31

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