Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 2000 where she studied environmental geography. She joined UD's Geology department in 2004 after completing three-year post-doctoral research at Pennsylvania State University and a one-year visiting assistant professor appointment at Gettysburg College. Dr. Wu teaches a variety courses mainly in the field of environmental geography, including physical and human geography, Geographical Information Systems, and the Dynamic Earth. Her research interests focus on assessing potential impacts of climate change, particularly on coastal and inland flooding.
Humans have exerted profound changes on our Earth. Geology, as a scientific discipline devoted to the study of Earth's systems, is essential for understanding not only how the Earth got to be the way it is today, but also how it will change as a result of human impacts in the future. Only with such understanding are we in a better position to make informed decisions and advance social changes needed to protect the Earth, the only home for humanity, instead of, to quote a friend, "treating it like some cheap hotel room to which we don't have to return tomorrow." In this sense, geology has great political and social relevance.