Joshua Viers is the Director of CITRIS at UC Merced. He joined the CITRIS leadership team in August 2013. Dr. Viers is also an Associate Professor in Water Resources Engineering at UC Merced.
Dr. Viers previously served in a research capacity at UC Davis for 10 years after receiving his Ph.D. in Ecology there, most recently as Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He received his B.S. in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis, where he received an Outstanding Performance Citation. He has also served in leadership roles as Executive Associate Director at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, on the UC Davis Graduate Education Committee, and chaired the International Programs Committee for the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Viers currently has over $6M in active grants and supports a research team of nearly 30 students, postdocs, and staff with the support of sponsors including the Nature Conservancy, California Energy Commission, CALFED Ecological Restoration Program, Caltrans, North Coast Water Quality Control Board, US Bureau of Land Management, USDA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service. Josh developed and led the UC Extension program in GIS for Watershed Analysis (180+ hours of instruction, 300+ students), and taught undergraduate courses in environmental data analysis and global water resources, and has been involved in mentoring graduate students.
Dr. Viers gave a Research Exchange talk in 2014 on “In Drought and Deluge”