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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



Geography Program Director (Villanova University) - (2020-current)

Associate Professor (Villanova University) - (2022-current)

Assistant Professor (Villanova University) - (2016-2022)
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 Grant (2010-2012)



GEV 1003 - Geography of Earth's Environment (Spring 2023; Fall 2024)

GEV 1004 - Climate Change

GEV 1750 - Geo-Techniques

GEV 3502 - Earth's Weather Systems

GEV 3550 - Natural Hazards (FAll 2024)

GEV 3590 - Senior Research Seminar

GEV 3760 - Geospatial Applications in Environmental Science (Spring 2023)

GEV 4320 - Atmospheric Science

GEV 4700 - Geographic Information Systems
GEV 8310  - Communicating Science (Fall 2024)

GEV 8310 - sUAS/Drones


PUBLICATIONS: (Google ScholarResearch Gate)

Ellis, K., J. First, S. M. Strader, N. Grondin, D. Burow, and Z. Medley, 2023: The Climatology, Vulnerability, and Public Perceptions Associated with Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings in a Portion of the Southeast United States. Weather, Climate, and Society. [In Press]

First, J., K. Ellis, and S. M. Strader, 2022: Double Trouble: Examining Public Protective Decision-Making During Concurrent Tornado and Flash Flood Threats in the U.S. Southeast. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 8, 103297 [PDF]

Homet, K., P. Kremer, V. Smith, and S. M. Strader, 2022: Multi-Variable Assessment of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning across a City Landscape: Incorporating Social, Environmental, Built-Environment, and Maintenance Vulnerabilities. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 10. [PDF]


Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, A. Haberlie, and K. Kaminski, 2022: Revisiting U.S. Nocturnal Tornado Vulnerability and its Influence on Tornado Impacts. Weather, Climate, and Society. 14(4), 1147–1163. [PDF]

Homet, K., P. Kremer, V. Smith, R. Ampomah, and S. M. Strader, 2022: Mapping Predicted Areas of Common Maintenance Impacts to Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. 8(3), 0502200. [PDF]

Strader, S. M.
, A. Haberlie, and A. Loitz, 2021: Assessment of NWS County Warning Area Tornado Risk, Exposure, and Vulnerability. Weather, Climate, and Society. 12(2), 189-209. [PDF]


S. M. Strader, D. Roueche, and B. David, 2020: Unpacking Tornado Disasters: Illustrating the Southeast U.S. Tornado-Mobile and Manufactured Housing Problem Using the March 3, 2019 Beauregard-Smith Station, Alabama Tornado Event. Natural Hazards Review. 22(1), 04020060-1-04020060-15. [PDF] + Figure Erratum

Childs, S., R. Schumacher, and S. M. Strader, 2020: Projecting End-of-Century Human Exposure from Tornadoes and Severe Hailstorms in Eastern Colorado: Meteorological and Population Perspectives. Weather, Climate, and Society. 12(3), 575-595. [PDF]; Nature Climate Change Research Highlight [Here]

Ash, K., M. Egnoto, S. M. Strader, W. Ashley, D. Roueche, K. Klockow-McClain, D. Caplen, and M. Dickerson, 2020: Structural Forces: Perception and Vulnerability Factors for Tornado Sheltering Within Mobile and Manufactured Housing in Alabama and Mississippi, USA. Weather, Climate, and Society. 6(12), 453-472. [PDF]; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Paper of Note. [Here]

Strader, S. M., J. Rennie, and B. DePodwin, 2019: The AMS Board for Early Career Professionals: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon. 100(9), 1820-1822. [PDF]

Strader, S. M.K. Ash, E. Wagner, and C. Sherrod, 2019: Mobile home resident evacuation vulnerability and emergency medical service access during tornado events in the southeast United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 38, 101-210. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., and W. Ashley, 2018: Fine-scale assessment of mobile home tornado vulnerability in the Central and Southeast U.S. Weather, Climate, and Society. 10(4), 797-812. [PDFBulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Paper of Note. [Here]

Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, T. Pingel, and A. Krmenec, 2018: How land use alters the tornado disaster landscape. Applied Geography. 94, 18-29. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., 2018: Spatiotemporal Changes in conterminous U.S. wildfire risk and societal exposure from 1940 to 2010. Natural Hazards. 92(1), 543-565. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, T. Pingel, and A. Krmenec, 2017: Projected 21st century changes in tornado exposure, risk, and disaster potential. Climatic Change. 141(2), 301-313. [PDF]

Strader, S. M., W. Ashley, T. Pingel, and A. Krmenec, 2017: Observed and projected changes in United States Tornado Exposure. Weather, Climate, and Society. 9, 109-123. [PDF]

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. 97, 767-786. [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]



"StEER: Hurricane Ida Joint Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report-Early Access Reconnaissance Report (PVRR-EARR)". DesignSafe-CI. https://doi.org10.17603/ds2-w6km-fe51


"Event Briefing", in StEER - Hurricane Delta. DesignSafe-CI.

"Event Briefing", in StEER - Hurricane Sally. DesignSafe-CI.

"Hybrid Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report-Early Access Reconnaissance Report (PVRR-EARR)", in StEER - Hurricane Laura. DesignSafe-CI.


OTHER SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (Preprints/Books/Invited-OpEds/Other):

Strader, S. M., 2022: The Hurricane Problem Florida Could Have Avoided, CNN, Op-Ed.

Strader, S. M., 2019: Over the Last Decade, the Climate Emergency Became Front-page News, Salon Op-Ed.


Strader, S. M., 2019: How We Create Our Own Hurricane Catastrophes, New York Times invited Op-Ed.

Strader, S. M., 2018, This Map Shows How The Carolinas Became More Vulnerable to Hurricanes, New York Times invited Op-Ed,

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 Sciences Lab Manual. Northern Illinois University Bookstore. 115 pp.

Strader, S. M. and W. S. Ashley, 2012: Lightning Signatures of Long-lived Tornadic Supercells in the Southeastern U.S. on 27-28 April 2011. Preprints 26th Conf. on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN. American Meteorological Society. 17 pp.

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



Strader, S. M. (Principal), J. Henderson (Co-Principal), A. Haberlie (Co-Principal), W. Ashley (Co-Principal), and M. Egnoto (Consultant). "Faster, Clearer, Stronger Communication and Action: Building IWT and Vulnerable Resident Connections to Improve Severe Weather Literacy and Outcomes" , Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Weather-Ready Nation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal, Awarded August 2021.

First, J., K. Ellis, and S. M. Strader (Co-Principal). "Tornado and flash flood (TORFF) warnings: Examining Climatology, Vulnerability, and Protective Decision-making During Dual Hazards with Opposing Safety Protocols", Natural Hazards Center (NHC), Special Call for Proposals: Weather-Ready Research, Awarded March 2021.

Ash, K. (Principal), S. Strader (Co-Principal), and M. Egnoto (Consultant). "Tornado Sheltering Perceptions and Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic" , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal, Awarded March 2020.

Strader, S. M. (Principal), Ashley, W. S. (Co-Principal), Klockow-McClain, K. (Co-Principal). “Tornadoes and Mobile Homes: An Inter-science Approach to Reducing Vulnerabilities and Improving Capacities for the Southeast’s Most Susceptible Population”, The Verification of the Origins of Rotation Experiment in the Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal, Awarded July 2017.

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