Dr. Viers, former Executive Associate Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, joined the faculty at UC Merced in August 2013 as an associate professor in the School of Engineering. He also became UC Merced's Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), which promotes collaborative research on California's pressing environmental, social and health care problems. His research interests and projects investigate the geospatial aspects of watershed science with a specific focus on the watersheds of the North Coast and the Sierra Nevada. His watershed research activities include aspects of natural flow regimes, climate change, water management, land use, sustainable viticulture, freshwater ecosystem conservation and riparian restoration.
- Ph.D. in Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2003 Dissertation: "Remote Methodologies of Watershed Assessment: Applications toward Conservation and Restoration in the Navarro River Watershed"
- B.S. in International Agricultural Development with an emphasis in Geography, University of California, Davis, 1994
- A.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Philosophy, Sierra College, 1991