John Flores

Student NameJohn Flores
Faculty Mentor NameSamuel Smidt, Dr.
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorEnvironmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources
MinorSoil & Water Sciences and Sustainability Studies
Research InterestsSustainable systems, natural resource management, renewable energy, green construction, infrastructure development
Academic AwardsCALS Deans List 2018
CLAS Deans List 2019
UF Public Speaking Forum Finalist 2020
University Scholars Program 2020
OrganizationsGreen Greeks Delegates
Gator Scuba Club
Habitat for Humanity
Hobbies and InterestsSome of my favorites include scuba diving, running, fishing and exploring the world around us.

Research Project

Land Cover Change Influence on Florida Streamflow

The State of Florida has experienced rapid land cover change in recent decades, and it is widely accepted this land cover change alters streamflow. Most of these flow impacts are associated with the conversion of pervious to impervious surfaces through urbanization, but impacts are also observed through the conversion of other land types such as forest to agriculture. Little is known to what degree different land cover changes influence streamflow at larger spatial scales. This study builds a regression model of historical land cover change (National Land Cover Database), precipitation (PRISM climate data), and streamflow (USGS water data) to identify how changes in land cover influence streamflow throughout Florida. Results identify the degree to which specific land cover impacts streamflow within individual watersheds and as a whole within the state. This work can be used to assist in flood mitigation planning, environmental land management, and urban sustainability and resiliency.