Stephen Stadler

 Stephen Stadler

Physical Geography Coordinator
State Geographer of Oklahoma

Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-4073

Office:  339 Murray Hall
Phone:  (405) 744-9172  or  (405) 744-6250
Fax:  (405) 744-5620

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Geography Indiana State University


 M.A. Geography Miami University



Social Studies Miami University



• Climatology
• Meteorology
• Wind Power
• Remote Sensing
• Physical Geography


The State Geographer of Oklahoma, 
Gubernatorial appointment, 1994 - Present.

Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1993 - Present.

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1985 - 1993.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1980 - 1985.

Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Michigan State University, 1979 - 1980.


Greene, J.S., M. Chatelain, Morrissey, M.L., and S. Stadler. 2013. “Estimated Changes in Wind Speed and Wind Power Density over the Western High Plains, 1971-2000”, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 109: 507-518.

Greene, J.S., M. Chatelain, Morrissey, M.L. and S.  Stadler,” Projected Future Wind Speed and Wind Power Density Trends over the Western U.S. High Plains”, Atmospheric and Climate Sciences

Li, W. S. Stadler, and R. Ramakumar. “Modeling and Assessment of Wind and Insolation Resources with a Focus on Their Complementary Nature: A Case Study in Oklahoma” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 101:4, pp. 717-729

Stadler, S. J. 2012. ”New Energy Sources” in Food and Famine in the Twenty-First Century (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO) , pp. 299-308.

Stadler, S.J. 2012 “Wind, Energy, and Geography” in 21st Century Geography.” Edited by Joseph P. Stolman. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications), pp. 457-468

Hanks, R. (S.J. Stadler all physical geography entries), Handbook of Geography Terms, Themes, and Concepts,  (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO) 2011, 405 pp.

Greene, J.S., K.  McNabb, R. Zwilling, S. Stadler, and M. Morrissey, 2009. "Analysis of Vertical Wind Shear in the Southern Great Plains and Potential Impacts on Estimation of Wind Energy Production", International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Vol. 32, No. 3 pp. 191-211.

S.J. Stadler, “Impact of Climate Change on Recreation and Leisure” Chapter 18 in Climate Change and Variation: A Primer for Teachers (Washington: NCGE  2008), pp 189-196.

S. Stadler, "Aridity Indices", "Sports Climatology", "Wind Power in Climatology" (with T. Hughes). Encyclopedia of World Climates (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer), 2005

Czajkowski, K., S.J. Stadler, and A. Walz, "Thermal Remote Sensing of Near Surface Environmental Variables: An Application over the Oklahoma Mesonet," Professional Geographer, Vol. 52, No.2, May 2000 pp 345-357.

F. Brock, K. Crawford, R. Elliott, G. Coperus, S. Stadler and H. Johnson. "The Oklahoma Mesonet: A Technical Overview" Journal of Atmosphere and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 12, No.1, February 1995, pp. 5-19.

Rabin, R.M., S.J. Stadler, P.J. Wetzel, D.J. Stensrud, and M. Gregory, "Observed Effects of Landscape Variability on Convective Clouds," Bulletin of the American Meterorological Society, Vol. 71, No.3, March 1990, cover and pp. 272-280.

Harries, K.D. and S.J. Stadler, "Assaulty and Heat Stress: Dallas as a Case Study." 1989 In: The Geography of Crime, D.J. Evans and D.T. Herbert eds. London: Routlege, pp. 35-38.

Stadler S.J., K.D. Harries, and L.S. Kalkstein," A Climatological Interpretation of Heat Stress and Criminal Assault," Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Applied Climatology (Boston: American Meteorological Society, 1989), pp. J5-J11. Reprinted in Proceedings of the Ninth Conference on Biometeorology and Aerobiology (Boston: American Meteorological Society, 1989), pp.J5-J11.

Stadler, S.J. and Simone, M.A.., "Applied Microanalysis of Golf Course Environments", Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conference, Vol. 11, November 1988, pp. 32-42.

Harries, K.D. and S.J. Stadler, "Heat and Violence: New Findings from Dallas Field Data, 1980-1981." Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Vol. 18, No. 2, April 1988, pp. 129-138.

Stadler, S.J. and Carney, G.O. A Field Guide to Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Geography Department, 1988, 65 pp.


Texas Christian University, "Metrics for the Socio-economic Impact of Two Wind Farms in Oklahoma", 2012-2013.  Principal investigator.

US DOE, “Wind Powering Oklahoma", 2009-2011. Principal Investigator.

Oklahoma Department of Commerce, "Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative", 2000-2006.  Principal Investigator.

US DOE,  "Wind Powering America", 2004-2006.

NASA TERRESTRIAL BIOSPHERE DYNAMICS, "Terrestrial Environmental Variables Derived from EOS Platform Sensors", 1998-2001.  Principal Investigator. Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, "Oklahoma Wind Power Assessment Initiative", 2000-01, Co-Principal Investigator.

NSF INSTRUMENTATION AND LABORATORY IMPROVEMENT "Undergraduate Simulations Laboratory", 1997-99, Co-Principal Investigator

NASA EPSCoR, "Fluxes of Water and Energy at the Land Surface, Quantifying Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture", 1996-01, Investigator

NASA EPSCoR, "Local Air Mass Modification", 1995-96, Principal Investigator.

NSF ACADEMIC RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM, "Renovation and Modernization of Facilities for GIS and Remote Sensing Research...", 1994-98, Co-Principal Investigator

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, 1995, 1996 "Futures in Science and Mathematics" summer academy, Co-Principal Investigator

NSF EPSCoR, Oklahoma Surface Water Hydrology Cluster, "Land/Atmosphere Interactions", 1992-95, Principal Investigator


Association of American Geographers

National Council for Geographic Education

American Meteorological Society

American Society of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing

Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honorary

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


Ted Mills Award for Outstanding Environmental Science Teaching Award, OSU. 2011

Outstanding Teaching Award, OSU Geography Department. 2011