Vena Chu received her Ph.D. degree in Geography in 2015 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned her M.A. (Geography) and B.A. (Geography and Economics). She was also a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Berkeley Department of Geography before joining the Department of Geography at UCSB in 2016.
Professor Chu's research uses geospatial technologies and field observations to study Arctic hydrologic systems in a changing climate. Her work deals with understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet hydrologic system from snow to sea, tracking meltwater input into the ice sheet (through supraglacial rivers and moulins) as well as meltwater export into the ocean (through proglacial rivers and fjord sediment plumes).