Sophia Chau

Doctoral Student


B.S. Environmental Science, cum laude, University of Notre Dame, May 2017


Sophia studies telecoupling in the context of climate change adaptation. She hopes to better understand how coupled humans and natural systems can enhance their adaptation by relying on resources from local, adjacent, and distant systems.

Sophia’s research at the University of Notre Dame focused on the influence of resource distribution on Karner blue butterfly distribution on a local scale. She has also worked for the National Park Service’s Climate Change Response Program studying potential climate change refugia, or areas that are relatively buffered from warming and drying and allow for the persistence of resources such as wet meadow habitats and freshwater.