Faculty Experts - Stephen M. Strader, PhD

Stephen Strader

Stephen Michael Strader, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and the Environment
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Severe Weather
  • Natural Hazards
  • Tornadoes and Society
  • Geographic Information Systems


Severe weather – tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, wind, blizzards, thunderstorms, floods – cause disruptions to daily life and exact a heavy toll on lives and property. A meteorologist, whose research on tornadoes includes storm chasing in “Tornado Alley” each spring, Dr. Strader is a highly knowledgeable source on all types of severe weather; the effect increasing global temperatures have on the frequency and intensity of storms; as well as the risk and disaster potential of increased population density in storm vulnerable areas. He can also discuss what scientists are working on to improve readiness for and responsiveness to severe weather events.


  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • B.S., Indiana University 

Selected Professional Experience

  • PhD Instructor, Northern Illinois University
  • PhD Research Assistant, Northern Illinois University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Illinois University

Selected Publications

  •  Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, T. Pingel, and A. Krmenec, “Projected 21st century changes in tornado exposure, risk, and disaster potential.” Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-1905-4, 2017.
  •  Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, T. Pingel, and A. Krmenec, “Observed and projected changes in United States Tornado Exposure.” Weather, Climate, and Society. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-16-0041.1, 2016.
  • Ashley, W. S., and S. M. Strader, “Recipe for disaster, accepted: How the dynamic ingredients of risk and exposure are changing the tornado disaster landscape,” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 97, 767-786, 2015.
  • Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, and J. Walker, “Changes in volcanic hazard exposure in the Northwest U.S. from 1940 to 2100,” Natural Hazards77, 1365-1392. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1658-1, 2015.

Research Interests

Environmental Hazard Risk and Vulnerability, Severe and Hazardous Weather, Mesoscale Meteorology, Geographical Information Science Applications in Atmospheric Science.

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