Michael Lathuillière is a Ph.D candidate, Killam Laureate and Vanier Scholar working on the development and application of Water Footprint methods for agricultural products.
His research involves a Water Footprint assessment within the context of agricultural expansion in Southern Amazonia. This work requires: (1) high frequency field measurements of crop water use with an eddy covariance system, (2) parameterization and validation of crop models for the region’s tropical conditions, and (3) translation of agricultural water use into environmental impacts on the water cycle.
His work contributes to the project “Integrating land use planning and water governance in Amazonia: towards improving freshwater security in the agricultural frontier of Mato Grosso” supported by the Belmont Forum, in collaboration with the Tropical Agriculture Department of the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT, Cuiabá, Brazil), UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Woods Hole Research Centre, and Université du Québec à Montréal’s Department of Strategy, Social and Environmental Responsibility.
Michael hold an M.Sc. (Resource Management and Environmental Studies, 2009) and a B.Sc. (Chemistry, 2002) from the University of British Columbia. He is also actively involved in the Water Footprint community through the Ecohydro Lab’s partnership in the Water Footprint Network, and his ongoing participation in the Water Use in Life Cycle Assessment working group (WULCA).