Todd Pierce, Ph.D.

NEMAC Research Scientist; Spring 2019 MLAS Instructor

Contact Information

  • tpierce@unca.edu
  • 828-250-3879
  • 246A Rhoades/Robinson Hall

Todd Pierce has over twenty five years of experience in geographical information systems (GIS) and database programming. He has served since 2011 as the the Director of EIM and GIS Development for Locus Technologies, a cloud software firm with offices in Mountain View CA and Asheville NC, where he manages a team of programmers tasked with development and implementation of Locus’s environmental sampling data applications. Todd is also directly responsible for research and development of Locus’s GIS and visualization tools, and leads efforts to improve spatial analysis and reporting for analytical and subsurface data.

Between 2007 and 2011, Todd was a research scientist with the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC). While there, he developed several cutting-edge web mapping applications, including sites for assessing climate change impacts on forest management, learning about threats to forest sustainability, and assessing the risks of natural hazards to persons and property. Todd has also worked in GIS and database programming for other companies in the fields of emergency planning and environmental consulting.

Todd has taught the “Visualization for Climate Change Information and Decision-Making” course twice for the UNCA MLA Climate Change and Society certificate. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Tulane University and a D.Phil. in geography from the University of Oxford, U.K, which he attended on a British Marshall Scholarship. Todd has been a certified GISP (Geographical Information Systems Professional) since 2010.