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David Flores

David Flores

Research Social Scientist
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins
United States

Phone: 970-498-1193
Fax: 970-498-1212
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Current Research


  • Safety and organizational learning within the wildland fire system.
  • Social-cultural attitudes and beliefs that impact decision making.
  • Trends in outdoor recreation by race and ethnicity.
  • Community leader responses to natural disasters.
  • Land user responses to ecological change.  
  • Research Interests

    My research interests are based on a social-cultural approach to the study of decision making, land use and natural resources. More specifically, my research interests include 1) understanding cultural attitdues and beliefs within complex organizations and institutions; 2) investigating access to outdoor recreation, with particular emphasis on historically underrepresented communities; and 3) documenting environmental management and decision making in urban and rural areas. Using quantitative and qualitative methodolgies, my research rests within the intersection of sociology, anthropology, psychology, communications, and public policy. My collaborations include diverse partners from universities, government, and non-government organizations.

    Past Research

    1. Military sociology and organizational culture.
    2. Military veteran experiences and meaning of warfare.
    3. Political attitudes and behavior.
    4. Qualitative research methodologies.
    5. The sociology of labor in Latin America.

    Flores, David. 2016. Politicization beyond politics: Narratives and mechanisms of Iraq War veterans’ activism. Armed Forces and Society. doi: 10.1177/0095327X16642041.

    Flores, David. 2016. From prowar soldier to antiwar activist: Change and continuity in the narratives of political conversion among Iraq War veterans. Symbolic Interaction. doi: 10.1002/SYMB.225.

    Flores, David. 2014. Memories of war: Sources of Vietnam veteran pro- and antiwar political attitudes. Sociological Forum. 29(1): 98-119.

    Why This Research is Important

    My current research works to support efficient and effective land management by improving the understanding of sustainable relationships between communities and their environments, diversity in communities of land users, and management decision making within complex land management organizations. Specifically, I address social and cultural attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that impact how people make dicisions concerning land management. This research is important because of the increasing complexity of managing conflicting resource demands and conservation priorities. Conflict over competing land uses stems in part from social and cultural differences in how people view and value the ways in which land and natural resources are managed. My research works to improve understanding of cultural identity and conflict and their relationship to disputes over public lands.


    • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Ph.D. Sociology 2012
    • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, M.A. Sociology 2006
    • University of California - Berkeley, B.A. Sociology 2003

    Professional Experience

    • Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), U.S. Forest Service
      2012 - 2014
    • Research Associate and Sociology Instructor, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
      2004 - 2012
    • Student Advising Officer, University of California - Berkeley
      2002 - 2004
    • United States Marine, United States Marine Corps
      1993 - 2000

    Professional Organizations

    • International Association for Society and Natural Resources, Member (2015 - Current)
    • American Sociological Association, Member (2004 - Current)
    • Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (2017 - )
    • Pacific Sociological Association (2015 - )
    • Rural Sociological Society (2015 - )

    Awards & Recognition

    • USDA Forest Service Certificate of Merit, 2017
      In recognition of substantial contributions to the development of the Forest Service 2017 Life-Work Dialogues.
    • USDA Forest Service Middle Leaders Program, 2017
      Intensive four month leadership program for emerging leaders within the Forest Service.
    • Climate Change , 2014
      Initiative with the University of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station ($15,000).
    • New Scientists Initiative, 2013
      USDA Forest Service 10 new Scientists Initiative ($30,000).
    • The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy with special recognition of the Harold D. Lasswell Award, 2010
      Research grant ($5000).
    • Sociology Brazil Summer Fellowship., 2008
      Awarded by Sociologists Without Borders ($2500).
    • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), 2007
      Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education for Portuguese studies in Sao Paulo, Brazil ($2500).
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005
      Multi-year award ($120,000)
    • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2005
      Multi-year award ($60,000)
    • American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, 2004
      Multi-year award ($45,000)
    • Ronald E. McNair Scholar Fellowship, 2004
      Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan ($15,000)
    • Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, 2002
      U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Program, University of California, Berkeley.
    • George A. Miller Scholarship Program, 2000
      Academic Achievement Programs, University of California Berkeley

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    Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

    • Flores, D., F.P.M. Silva, V.C. Vaneti, and R. Braga. 2011. Social movement unionism and neoliberalism in Sao Paulo, Brazil: shifting logics of collective action in telemarketing labor unions. Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences 6(1):73-101.


    Research Highlights


    No Fish Left Behind: Using eDNA Sampling to Inform Fish Eradication Efforts

    Environmental DNA methods are highly sensitive and accurate, making them ideal for detecting animals at low densities. However, this tool also c ...


    Last updated on : 11/17/2021