The Cosumnes River is the only free-flowing river on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and because of its natural flow regime it has become the centerpiece for decades-long research on the benefit of floodplain reconnection for the purposes of ecological restoration and preservation of... Read more
Welcome to the VICE Lab
VICE Lab is the research lab of Professor Joshua H. Viers and is currently based out of the University of California, Merced. We focus on pressing environmental problems facing California and the planet, with a particular emphasis on coupled human-environment systems, leveraging information systems to turn data into decisions, and novel solutions in environmental decision making. Dr. Viers is also campus Director for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) an co-Director of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative (UC Water), both of which have strong research ties to VICE Lab.
vicelab <- lab(viers ~ (info + cons + env))
Our Research Foci:
Agroecology and Conservation Agriculture Planning and Implementation
Climatic and Hydrological Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
Development Engineering; International Development; Sustainable Development
Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity Inventory, Assessment, and Restoration
Geospatial Technologies (Geographic Information Systems / Remote Sensing)
Informatics; Database Design and Data Mining
Water and Watershed Management; Water Footprinting
Our research in California's Delta, specifically the newly flooded McCormack-Williamson Tract, as well research on the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers, was highlighted in the New York Times!
VICE Lab's Lorenzo Booth was recently highlighted for his research supported by UC Water, where he picked up the 2016 AWRA GIS Speciality Conference student poster award (and a fat check!).
Our newly published paper in Conservation Letters was featured in the UCANR Blog "The Confluence". The full paper can be found here: Grantham, T., K. Fesenmyer, R. Peek, E. Holmes, A. Bell, R. Quiñones, N. Santos, J. Howard, J. Viers, and P. Moyle. 2016. Missing the boat on freshwater fish conservation in California. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12249.
VICE Lab is located at the University of California, Merced, in the heart of California's Central Valley. Through national and international collaboration, we aim to bring a global perspective to issues pertintent to our region.
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95340