Over her career of three decades at the University of Utah, Chan has had an active research program spanning some of Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks (Precambrian) to some of its youngest (Pleistocene). Her recent research has applied terrestrial geology examples to better understand Martian geology. She has published 117 peer-reviewed publications and has been featured in National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentary films. Recently she was the 2014 Geological Society of America’s Distinguished International Lecturer where she gave 53 lectures in 6 countries spanning India, New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, and S. Korea.
Dr. Chan was department chair for seven years (2002-2009). During this time she oversaw all the departmental programming for new construction of the LEED-certified, award-winning Geology & Geophysics building (Frederick Albert Sutton building), with educational, high-impact visual displays. Many hail this as the most spectacular Earth science building in the country.