Randy Stotler

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 107
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D., Hydrogeochemistry and Hydrogeology, University of Waterloo

M.S., Hydrogeology, University of Waterloo

B.S., Water Science, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Major research thrusts include: A. Regional groundwater flow system characterization, utilizing a combined physical-chemical multi-tracer approach. This research is conducted at a variety of field sites, including the Ogallala-High Plains aquifer, Northwe
  • C. Use of non-traditional stable isotopes to investigate carbonate and organic matter evolution and biogeochemical pathways in alkaline lakes
  • D. Determining the effects of slower injection rates on aquifer clogging for aquifer storage and recovery (ASR)
  • E. Geochemical characterization of Mars analogue environments on Earth and identification of challenges to collecting fluid and gas samples on Mars.

Selected Publications

Sun, C., Li, X., Chen, Y., Li, W., Stotler, R. L., & Zhang, Y. (2016). Spatial and temporal characteristics of stable isotopes in the Tarim River Basin. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 52(3), 281-297. DOI:10.1080/10256016.2016.1125350

Thompson, A. R., Stotler, R. L., Macpherson, G. L., & Liu, G. (2015). Effect of flow rate on clogging processes in small diameter aquifer storage and recovery injection wells. Water Resources Management, 29, 5171-5184. DOI:10.1007/s11269-015-1111-y

Leslie, K., Sturm, A., Stotler, R., Oates, C., Kyser, K., & Fowle, D. A. (2015). Marinobacter bacteria associated with a massive sulphide ore deposit affect metal mobility in the deep subsurface. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 15(4), 319-326. DOI:10.1144/geochem2013-245

Frape, S. K., Blyth, A., Stotler, R. L., Ruskeeniemi, T., Blomqvist, R., McNutt, R. H., & Gascoyne, M. (2014). Deep fluids in the continents: II. Crystalline Rocks. In J. Drever (Ed.), Treatise on Geochemistry Volume 7: Surface and Groundwater, Weathering, and Soils (pp. 517-561). DOI:10.1016/B978-0-08-095975-7.00517-9

Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., & Labelle, L. (2014). Insights gained from geochemical studies in the Waterloo Moraine: indications and implications for anthropogenic loading. Canadian Journal of Water Resources, 39(2), 136-148. DOI:10.1080/07011784.2014.914796

Butler, J. J., Stotler, R. L., Whittemore, D., & Reboulet, E. C. (2013). Interpretation of water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer in western Kansas. Ground Water, 51(2), 180-190. DOI:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00988.x

Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., Ruskeeniemi, T., Pitkänen, P., & Blowes, D. (2012). Periglacial-glacial cycling and the geochemical evolution of Canadian Shield groundwaters. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 76(1), 45-67. DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2011.10.006

Stotler, R., Frape, S. K., El Mugammar, H. T., Johnston, C. T., Judd-Henrey, I., Harvey, F. Edwin, Drimmie, R., & Jones, J. P. (2011). Geochemical heterogeneity in a relatively small, stratigraphically complex, moraine aquifer system: Interpretation of flow and recharge using multiple geochemical parameters. Hydrogeology Journal, 19(1), 101-115. DOI:10.1007/s10040-010-0628-7

Stotler, R., Frape, S. K., Freifeld, B. M., Holden, B., Onstott, T. C., Ruskeeniemi, T., & Chan, E. (2011). Hydrogeology, chemical, and microbial activity measurement through deep permafrost. Ground Water, 49(3), 348-364. DOI:10.111/j.1745-6584.2010.00724.x

Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., Ahonen, L., Clark, I., Greene, S., Hobbs, M. Y., Johnson, E., Lemieux, J., Peltier, W. R., Pratt, L., Sudicky, E. A., Tarasov, L., & Ruskeeniemi, T. (2010). Origin and stability of a permafrost methane hydrate occurrence in the Canadian Shield. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296(3-4), 384-394. DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.05.024

Stotler, R. L., Harvey, F. E., & Gosselin, D. C. (2010). Isotopic Evidence for Black Hills Recharge to the Great Plains (Dakota) Aquifer in Eastern Nebraska. Ground Water, 48(3), 448-464. DOI:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2009.00636.x

Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., & Shouakar-Stash, O. (2010). An isotopic survey of δ81Br and δ37Cl of dissolved halides in the Canadian and Fennoscandian Shields. Chemical Geology, 274(1-2), 38-55. DOI:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2010.03.014

Onstott, T. C., McGown, D. J., Bakermans, C., Ruskeeniemi, T., Ahonen, L., Telling, J., Soffientino, B., Pfiffner, S. M., Sherwood Lollar, B., Frape, S. K., Stotler, R. L., Johnson, E. J., Vishnivetskaya, T. A., Rothmel, R., & Pratt, L. M. (2009). Microbial communities in subpermafrost saline fracture water at the Lupin Au Mine, Nunavut, Canada. Microbial Ecology, 58, 786-807. DOI:10.1007/s00248-009-9553-5

Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., Ruskeeniemi, T., Ahonen, L., Paananen, M., Onstott, T. C., & Hobbs, M. Y. (2009). Hydrogeochemistry of groundwaters at and below the base of thick permafrost at Lupin, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Hydrology, 373(1-2), 80-95. DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.04.013

Pfiffner, S. M., Onstott, T. C., Ruskeeniemi, T., Talikka, M., Bakermans, C., McGown, D., Chan, E., Johnson, A., Phelps, T. J., Le Puil, M., Difurio, S. A., Pratt, L. M., Stotler, R., Telling, J., Sherwood-Lollar, B., Neill, I., & Zerbin, B. (2008). Challenges for coring deep permafrost on Earth and Mars. Astrobiology, 8(3), 623-638. DOI:10.1089/ast.2007.0159

Gosselin, D. C., Harvey, F. E., Frost, C., Stotler, R., & Macfarlane, P. A. (2004). Strontium Isotope Geochemistry of Groundwater in the Central Part of the Dakota (Great Plains) Aquifer, USA. Applied Geochemistry, 19(3), 359-377. DOI:10.1016/S0883-2927(03)00132-X

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