I am a freshwater ecologist drawing from geoscience tools to study rivers, lakes and wetlands at the global scale.

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Science, University of Wisconsin Madison (2018)
  • Master of Science, McGill University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science, Universite De Sherbrooke (2009)

All Publications

  • Comparison of visible and multi-satellite global inundation datasets at high-spatial resolution REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT Aires, F., Prigent, C., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Yamazaki, D., Papa, F., Lehner, B. 2018; 216: 427–41
  • Global hidden harvest of freshwater fish revealed by household surveys PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Fluet-Chouinard, E., Funge-Smith, S., McIntyre, P. B. 2018; 115 (29): 7623–28


    Consumption of wild-caught freshwater fish is concentrated in low-income countries, where it makes a critical contribution to food security and livelihoods. Underestimation of inland harvests in official statistics has long been suspected due to unmonitored subsistence fisheries. To overcome the lack of data from extensive small-scale harvests, we used household consumption surveys to estimate freshwater fish catches in 42 low- and middle-income countries between 1997 and 2014. After accounting for trade and aquaculture, these countries collectively consumed 3.6 MT (CI, 1.5-5.8) more wild-caught freshwater fish than officially reported, reflecting a net underreporting of 64.8% (CI, 27.1-103.9%). Individual countries were more likely to underestimate (n = 31) than overestimate (n = 11) catches, despite conservative assumptions in our calculations. Extrapolating our findings suggests that the global inland catch reported as 10.3 MT in 2008 was more likely 16.6 MT (CI, 2.3-30.9), which accords with recent independent predictions for rivers and lakes. In human terms, these hidden harvests are equivalent to the total animal protein consumption of 36.9 (CI, 30.8-43.4) million people, including many who rely upon wild fish to achieve even minimal protein intake. The widespread underreporting uncovered by household consumption surveys indicates that inland fisheries contribute far more to global food security than has been recognized previously. Our findings also amplify concerns about the sustainability of intensive fishery exploitation as degradation of rivers, lakes, and wetlands continues apace.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1721097115

    View details for Web of Science ID 000438892600070

    View details for PubMedID 29915069

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  • Global extent and distribution of wetlands: trends and issues MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH Davidson, N. C., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Finlayson, C. M. 2018; 69 (4): 620–27

    View details for DOI 10.1071/MF17019

    View details for Web of Science ID 000428402100012

  • Inland fisheries - Invisible but integral to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for ending poverty by 2030 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS Lynch, A. J., Cowx, I. G., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Glaser, S. M., Phang, S. C., Beard, T. D., Bower, S. D., Brooks, J. L., Bunnell, D. B., Claussen, J. E., Cooke, S. J., Kao, Y., Lorenzen, K., Myers, B. E., Reid, A. J., Taylor, J. J., Youn, S. 2017; 47: 167–73
  • A Global Assessment of Inland Wetland Conservation Status BIOSCIENCE Reis, V., Hermoso, V., Hamilton, S. K., Ward, D., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Lehner, B., Linke, S. 2017; 67 (6): 523–33
  • A Global Dynamic Long-Term Inundation Extent Dataset at High Spatial Resolution Derived through Downscaling of Satellite Observations JOURNAL OF HYDROMETEOROLOGY Aires, F., Miolane, L., Prigent, C., Pham, B., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Lehner, B., Papa, F. 2017; 18 (5): 1305–25
  • Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong SCIENCE Winemiller, K. O., McIntyre, P. B., Castello, L., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Giarrizzo, T., Nam, S., Baird, I. G., Darwall, W., Lujan, N. K., Harrison, I., Stiassny, M. J., Silvano, R. M., Fitzgerald, D. B., Pelicice, F. M., Agostinho, A. A., Gomes, L. C., Albert, J. S., Baran, E., Petrere, M., Zarfl, C., Mulligan, M., Sullivan, J. P., Arantes, C. C., Sousa, L. M., Koning, A. A., Hoeinghaus, D. J., Sabaj, M., Lundberg, J. G., Armbruster, J., Thieme, M. L., Petry, P., Zuanon, J., Vilara, G., Snoeks, J., Ou, C., Rainboth, W., Pavanelli, C. S., Akama, A., van Soesbergen, A., Saenz, L. 2016; 351 (6269): 128–29

    View details for DOI 10.1126/science.aac7082

    View details for Web of Science ID 000367806500018

    View details for PubMedID 26744397

  • Development of a global inundation map at high spatial resolution from topographic downscaling of coarse-scale remote sensing data REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT Fluet-Chouinard, E., Lehner, B., Rebelo, L., Papa, F., Hamilton, S. K. 2015; 158: 348–61
  • Development of new indicators to evaluate river fragmentation and flow regulation at large scales: A case study for the Mekong River Basin ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS Grill, G., Dallaire, C., Chouinard, E., Sindorf, N., Lehner, B. 2014; 45: 148–59