Mendel Hall G65 A

Department of Geography

and the Environment

Villanova University

Villanova, PA  19085




 Photographing a beautiful sunset in outside of DeKalb, IL

 Storm chases, family, and friends.

I am a physical geographer, atmospheric scientist, and geographic information systems (GIS) analyst with interests in coupled human-environment interactions, severe and local storms, mesoscale meteorology, natural hazard vulnerability and risk, and GIScience applications in the geophysical, atmospheric, and hazard sciences.  My past research has primarily focused on the spatiotemporal changes in meteorological and environmental hazard exposure, spatial measures of damage indicator bias in post-event tornado intensity assessments, and the development of synthetic tornado paths that can be utilized to estimate potential "worst-case" scenario damage and losses on the built environment. My current research interests are: 1) the quantification of severe weather hazard exposure, risk, and disaster potential; 2) the relationship between land use-land cover and disaster potential; 3) the employment of remote sensing techniques to assess hazard severity; 4) changes in lightning risk and vulnerability; and 5) LIDAR applications in disaster mitigation, response, and recovery strategies.

Ph.D. in Geography, 2016, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

G.I.A. Certificate of Graduate Study in GIS , 2013, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

M.S. in Geography (Meteorology/Climatology/GIS Specialization), 2012, Northern Illinois University , DeKalb, IL

B.S. in Geography, 2006, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Assistant Professor (Villanova University) - (2016-current)
Instructor (NIU) - (2012-2014; 2015-2016)
Research Assistant (NIU) -
 Great Journeys Assistantship (2014-2015)

Graduate Assistant (NIU) - Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates (2012-2013)

Graduate Teaching Assistant (NIU) - Research and Artistry (2010-2012)


GEV 1003 (Villanova) - Geography of Earth's Environments (Fall '16)

GEV 1750 (Villanova) - Geo-Techniques (Fall '16)

GEOG 102 (NIU) - Physical Geography Lab

GEOG 105 (NIU) - Introduction to the Atmosphere 

GEOG 106 (NIU) - Introduction to the Atmosphere Lab

GEOG 460 (NIU) - Remote Sensing (Lab)

MET 421/521 (NIU) - Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (Lab)

MET 444/544 (NIU) - Mesoscale Meteorology (Lab)

MET 475 (NIU) - Practicum in Weather Analysis and Forecasting

PUBLICATIONS: (Google Scholar; ResearchGate)

Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, T. Pingel, and A. Krmenec, in review: Observed and projected changes in United States Tornado Exposure. Weather, Climate, and Society. [in review]

Strader, S. M., T. Pingel, and W. Ashley, 2016: A Monte Carlo model for estimating tornado impacts.  Meteorological Applications. 23(2), 269-289. [PDF]

Ashley, W. S., and S. M. Strader, 2016: Recipe for disaster: How the dynamic ingredients of risk and exposure are changing the tornado disaster landscape.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00150.1. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., and W. S. Ashley, 2015: The expanding bull's eye effect. Weatherwise. 68, 23-29. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, and J. Walker, 2015: Changes in volcanic hazard exposure in the Northwest USA from 1940  to 2100. Natural Hazards. 77, 1365-1392. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, A. Irizarry, and S. Hall, 2014: A climatology of tornado intensity assessments. Meteorological Applications. 22, 513-524. [PDF]

Ashley, W., S. M. Strader, D. Dziubla, and A. Haberlie, 2014: Driving blind: Weather-related vision hazards and fatal motor vehicle  crashes. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 96, 755-778. [PDF]

Ashley, W., S. M. Strader, T. Rosencrants, and A. J. Krmenec, 2014: Is the Expanding Bull's Eye Effect leading to greater and more  frequent weather disasters? Paper of Note. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 95(4), 510-511. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., and W. Ashley, 2014: Cloud-to-ground lightning signatures of long-lived tornadic supercells on 27-28 April 2011. Physical Geography. 35, 273-296. [PDF]

Ashley, W., S. M. Strader, T. Rosencrants, and A. Krmenec, 2014: Spatiotemporal changes in tornado hazard exposure: The case of  the  expanding bull's eye effect in Chicago, IL. Weather, Climate, and Society. 6, 175-193. [PDF]


Strader, S. M., 2013: The Constitution for the Geography Graduate Committee of Northern Illinois University. Northern Illinois University, Department of Geography. 5 pp.

Strader, S. M., 2013: Geography 106: Introduction to Atmospheric Science Lab Manual. NIU Bookstore. 96 pp.

Strader, S. M., 2012: Lifecycles of long-lived tornadic supercells: Historic April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. CaGIS.  [PDF]

                  Header image: Lightning from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano's (Iceland) ash plume. Some volcano eruptions can produce lightning like a "dirty thunderstorm" when rock and 
ice particles collide, ultimately producing a charged atmosphere and lightning
Background: Dr. Ted Fujita's map/analysis from the 3-4 April 1974 Super Outbreak

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