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Erin Mutch - Director, Geospatial & GIS Services


Erin Mutch joined UC Merced in 2013 as the founding manager of the Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC)  supporting geospatial and GIS research.

As the Director of Geospatial Services at the University Library, Ms. Mutch Provides geospatial project management for faculty, staff, and researchers working on complex geostatistical projects including data management, GIS analyses, and spatial statistics.


Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS)

Pennsylvania State University (2007)

Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation 

Humboldt State University (1996)



University of California Merced

  • Student Success Internship, Mentor (2018 – present)
  • UC Merced Leadership Council (2016 – present)
  • Yosemite Leadership Program, Mentor and Consultant (2015-present)
  • Engineering Service Learning, Mentor and Project Review (2013-2021)
  • Central Valley Geosummit, Conference Chair (2014-2019)
  • Coordinators' Community of Practice (2017-2020)
  • Innovate to Grow Challenge, Student Project Judge (2020)
  • Engineering Capstone, Mentor (2014-2019)
  • Student Success Internship, Poster Review (2015-2017)
  • Mobile App Challenge, Poster Review (2014-2016)
  • Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC) Affiliate Member (2017-present)
  • Yosemite All Hazard Region (YAHR) GIS Group (2018-present)

University of California (systemwide)

  • UC GIS Leadership Group, Member (2020- present) and Facilitator (2022) – UC GIS Leadership Group Awarded Special Achievement in GIS award by ESRI in July 2022
  • UC/S Maps CKG, Member (2017-present) and Interim Chair (2023)
  • UC GIS Week, Logistics Committee Chair and Moderator (2021-2023)

Non-UC Professional Contributions

  • GIS Librarians for Open Workflow, University of Chicago (May 2023)
  • Data Carpentries Certified Instructor (2021)
  • California Geographic Council – Education Committee (2020-2022)
  • Spatial Discovery III, UCSB (May 2019)
  • California Geographic Information Association Board Member (2018)
  • Western Association of Map Librarians (2017-2019)
  • Spatial Discovery II, UCSB (June 2017)
  • Spatial Discovery I, UCSB (June 2015)