Flores, Florita

Florita Flores

Experimental Scientist

Tropical ecotoxicology & risk assessment

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(07) 4753 4128
+61 7 4753 4128
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I completed a MSc by coursework (Marine Biology) at James Cook University in March 2007. My research option focused on the effects of chlorpyrifos on cholinesterase inhibition in mudskippers (Periophthalmus novaeguineaensis).

MSc by coursework (Marine Biology), James Cook University, Townsville QLD Australia
BA, Marine Biology and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, NJ USA

My current role at AIMS is to perform experimental exposures of marine organisms to varying water quality pressures, including elevated temperatures, pCO2 and pollutants, such as pesticides and oil. I contribute in experimental design and in the analysis of data and report and publication writing. I advise students and staff across five AIMS Tasks and am a Laboratory Manager, responsible for the operation, maintenance and OH&S in the East First General Laboratory at AIMS.


Wilkinson AD, Collier CJ, Flores F, Langlois L, Ralph PJ, Negri AP (2017) Combined effects of temperature and the herbicide diuron on Photosystem II activity of the tropical seagrass Halophila ovalis. Sci Reports 7:39930

Berry KLE, Hoogenboom MO, Flores F, Negri AP (2016) Simulated coal spill causes mortality and growth inhibition in tropical marine organisms. Sci Reports 6: 25894

Negri AP, Brinkman DL, Flores F, Botte ES, Jones RJ, Webster NS (2016) Acute ecotoxicology of natural oil and gas condensate to coral reef larvae. Sci Reports 6:21153

Mercurio P, Mueller JF, Eaglesham G, O'Brien J, Flores F, Negri AP (2016) Degradation of herbicides in the tropical marine environment: Influence of light and sediment. PLoS ONE 11:e0165890

Ow YX, Vogel N, Collier CJ, Holtum JAM, Flores F, Uthicke S (2016) Nitrate fertilisation does not enhance CO2 responses in two tropical seagrass species. Sci Reports 6: 23093

Webster NS, Negri AP, Botte ES, Laffy PW, Flores F, Noonan S, Schmidt C, Uthicke S (2016) Host-associated coral reef microbes respond to the cumulative pressures of ocean warming and ocean acidification. Sci Reports 6:19324

Negri AP, Flores F, Mercurio P, Mueller JF, Collier CJ (2015) Lethal and sub-lethal chronic effects of the herbicide diuron on seagrass. Aquatic Toxicology 165:73-83

Mercurio P, Mueller JF, Eaglesham G, Flores F, Negri AP (2015) Herbicide persistence in seawater simulation experiments. PLoS ONE 10:e013639

Wilkinson AD, Collier CJ, Flores F, Negri AP (2015) Acute and additive toxicity of ten Photosystem II herbicides to seagrass. Sci Reports 5:17442

Wilkinson AD, Collier CJ, Flores F, Mercurio P, O'Brien J, Ralph PJ, Negri AP (2015). A miniature bioassay for testing the acute phytotoxicity of Photosystem II herbicides on seagrass. PLoS ONE 10:e0117541

Mercurio P, Flores F, Mueller JF, Carter S, Negri AP (2014) Glyphosate persistence in seawater. Mar Poll Bull 85:385-90

Flores F, Collier CJ, Mercurio P, Negri AP (2013) Phytotoxicity of four photosystem II herbicides to tropical seagrasses. PLoS ONE 8:e75798

Flores F, Hoogenboom MO, Smith LD, Cooper TF, Abrego D, Negri AP (2012) Chronic exposure of corals to fine sediments: lethal and sub-lethal impacts. PLoS ONE 7:e37795

Negri AP, Flores F, Röthig T, Uthicke S (2011) Herbicides increase the vulnerability of corals to rising sea surface temperature. Limnology Oceanography 56:471-485