Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Edgardo Manuel Latrubesse

Professor, Asian School of the Environment

Email: elatrubesse@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: +65 65921546
Office: N2 01C 53
Prof Edgardo Manuel Latrubesse

Biography
Edgardo Latrubesse is a PhD in Geological Sciences, Full Professor at the Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin, and an affiliated faculty of the UT-Teresa Lozano Latin American Institute (LLILAS), the UT-Environmental Science Institute (ESI), and the Department of Geology of the Sao Paulo State University-UNESP-Rio Claro.
He was also professor in different Brazilian and Argentinean universities and honored as T.W. Rivers Distinguished Professor in International Affairs at East Carolina University-USA, Corresponding Member of the National Council of Research of Argentina-CONICET, and awarded with the G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphologic Research by the Association of American Geographers-AAG.
At UT Austin he is the head (PI) of the four major research laboratories of the Department of Geography and the Environment and head of the international research program “Large Rivers: long term basin evolution, morphodynamics and global change” which emphasizes the study of large rivers throughout the world.
He is considered the most field experienced geomorphologist researching tropical South America, and is recognized for developing field expeditions in some of the most remote and wild areas of the world.
Prof. Latrubesse was member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Geomorphologist-IAG (2001–2005) and leader of the International Geosciences Program IGCP 582-Tropical Rivers: hydro-physical processes, impacts, hazards and management project and chair of the Large Rivers Working Group of the Global Commissions on Continental Paleohydrology-GLOCOPH.
He is currently chair of the Tropical Rivers working group of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and member of the advisory board of of two commissions of INQUA: TERPO (Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History) and SACCOM (Stratigraphy and Chronology Commission).
Prof. Latrubesse has also been consultant of the United Nation Program for the Development (UNPD), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), OAS (Organization of American States), Geological Survey of Brazil-CPRM, Ministry of the Environment-IBAMA-Brazil, PETROBRAS-Brazil and several other State Environmental and Water Resources Agencies in Brazil, as a geoscientist specialized in environmental sciences, planning and management.
He is member of the editorial board of Geomorphology, Paleoecology of Africa, Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis and Revista Brasileira de Geomorfologia, among others.
http://sites.utexas.edu/latrubesse/
Research Interests
Prof. Latrubesse main research interest includes Quaternary, geomorphology, hydrology of large rivers, impacts of human activities on large fluvial systems and tropical biomes, paleogeography of large rivers and plains, and hydro-geo-scientific contributions to multidisciplinary environmental research and global change. At UT Austin he is the head (PI) of the international research program “Large Rivers: long term basin evolution, morphodynamics and global change” which emphasizes the study of large rivers throughout the world. Of the ten largest rivers of the world in water discharge, Dr. Latrubesse is currently studying five (Amazon, Madeira, Negro, Parana and Mississippi), and many others that are among the largest rivers of the planet. He is focused on tropical geomorphology and developed field expeditions in some of the most remote and wild areas of the planet such as the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Guyana (he lived in the Brazilian Amazon for eight years), the Chaco, the Brazilian Cerrado, the Orinoco llanos, the Pampas, the Bolivian Altiplano, and others tropical areas of the world. Currently he is also conducting research on the Caribbean Sea and the Mississippi River in the USA. His scientific activities have also taken him to field trips in the Yangtze River, the Mekong River and the Ganges River in Asia, and the Congo River in Africa.
Currently , as a visiting Professor at the Earth Observatory of Singapore-EOS and the Asian School of the Environment-ASE, Nanyang Technological University, he is setting up a research program on tropical rivers of Southeast Asia.
Current Projects
  • Environmental Impacts – Irrawaddy, Myanmar
  • Global Rivers Program
Selected Publications
  • Edward Park, Edgardo Latrubesse. (2019). A geomorphic assessment of washload sediment fluxes and floodplain sediment sinks along the Lower Amazon River. Geology, .

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