Etienne Fluet-Chouinard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Systems Science. His research at Stanford University, funded by the Moore Foundation, contributes to improving the annual methane budget compiled by the Global Carbon Project. Etienne is working on addressing the global distribution of wetland types using remote sensing and hydrological modeling to reduce their uncertainty as a global methane source.
Prior to this position at Stanford, Etienne's doctoral research spanned a range of topics related to global freshwater ecosystems. Among his previous work, he evaluated anthropogenic stressors across the globe with in-situ reporting across Ramsar wetlands of international importance. He also reconstructed historical wetland drainage to contextualize present-day wetland remnants and their protection. Lastly, he assessed the under-reporting global inland fish harvest to reveal their true nutritional importance in collaboration as well as participated in efforts to raise the status of subsistence fisheries for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Etienne's interest in policy-oriented research has led him to co-author publications on hydropower dam planning and conservation of tropical rivers and wetlands. His interests in global freshwater dynamics and their policy implications have led him to work with different Canadian ministries, the IIASA think tank, the International Water Management Institute in Ethiopia and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.
Etienne holds a bachelor's degree in environmental geosciences from the Université de Sherbrooke and a master's degree in geography from McGill University, both in Canada. Etienne received a postgraduate fellowship from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada during his Ph.D. in the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.