J. Michel Flores is currently a research associate at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Weizmann Institute of Science. He leads the ocean-atmosphere interactions group which combines international field campaigns, laboratory experiments, and cloud modelling research to better understand the interplay between microbial processes occurring in the ocean surface, during phytoplankton blooms succession or in oligotrophic waters, and their impact on the lower-atmosphere and cloud processes.
He received his B.Sc. degrees in physics and mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University, his M.Sc. in atmospheric physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and his Ph.D. degree in atmospheric physics from the Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the Johannes Gutenberg University. In his Ph.D., Michel studied the optical properties of absorbing aerosols in the laboratory and in the field. During his post-doc, he developed broadband optical instrumentation and focused his research on the properties of secondary organic aerosols and their changes by chemical processes.