Vicky
Espinoza

Vicky is a PhD student advised by Dr. Joshua Viers in the Environmental Systems program at UC Merced. She is interested in contributing to energy-water-food nexus research with implementation of remote sensing tools and methods. She is a California native and received her B.S. in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago and her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. Her interest in conducting research that will inform water policy and management decisions sprouted from her research experience at Argonne National Laboratory where she analyzed drought effects on hydroelectric power production in California. As a master’s student, she worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she examined climate change effects on global atmospheric river trends where she gained further appreciation of understanding environmental issues with a holistic understanding of Earth’s systems. In her spare time, you can find her running, rock climbing, and boxing. She also enjoys symphonies, art galleries, and coffee.