Joshua Viers joined the CITRIS leadership as the Director at UC Merced in August 2013. Prior to joining UC Merced, Dr. Viers served as the Executive Associate Director at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, which is California's premier think tank on California water issues. His expertise in the use of geospatial technologies and informatics is used to improve decision making in coupled human and natural systems. He now serves as an Associate Professor of Water Resource Management in the School of Engineering at UC Merced. When not developing databases and algorithms to address issues related to water, energy, and the environment, he can be found chasing water and wine across the globe in places like Chile and South Africa.
He received a BSc in International Agricultural Development and a PhD in Ecology, both from UC Davis.