Andrea Flores

Conservation and Science
Urban Wildlife Institute
OneHealth Research Coordinator
B.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Animal behavior


Andrea’s interest in wildlife began during experiences camping with her family as a child and was fostered by visiting Lincoln Park Zoo. In high school, she studied abroad in Botswana on a summer program to study wildlife conservation, which solidified her dreams to pursue a career in wildlife research. While an undergraduate, Andrea helped with research on activity patterns of the migrating northern saw-whet owl and supported the University of Illinois Arboretum with work in restoration ecology and garden management.

After graduation, Andrea worked as a research intern at the Urban Wildlife Institute where she gained even more hands-on experience studying wildlife in an urban setting. After her internship, Andrea transitioned into her current role as the One Health Research Coordinator. Now, she focuses on projects that are part of the One Health program, which looks at optimizing the health of people, animals, and the environment. She is particularly passionate about community science with Chicagoans and encouraging people to grow their connections with nature.

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