Randy Stotler

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Slawson Hall, room 170F
University of Kansas
1420 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Stotler's research interest is hydrogeology.


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

M.S., Hydrogeology, University of Waterloo

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

Research Interests

  • 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

Hanlon, C. Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., & Gwynne, R. (2017). Comparison of δ81Br and δ37Cl composition of volatiles, salt precipitates, and associated water in terrestrial evaporative-saline lake systems. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 53(5), 446-465. DOI:10.1080/10256016.2017.1324856

Brookfield, A. Stotler, R. & Reboulet, E. (2017). Interpreting temporal variations in river response functions: an example from the Arkansas River, Kansas, USA. Hydrogeology Journal, 25(5), 1271-1282. DOI:10.1007/s10040-017-1545-9

Clark, J. A., Stotler, R. L., Frape, S. K., & Illman, W. A. (2016). Compound specific isotope analyses to assess TCE biodegradation in a fractured dolomitic aquifer. Groundwater. DOI:10.1111/gwat.12440

Katz, B. S., Stotler, R. L., Hirmas, D. Ludvigson, G. Smith, J. J., & Whittemore, D. O. (2016). Geochemical recharge estimations and the effects of a declining water table. Vadose Zone Journal, 15(10). DOI:10.2136/vzj2016.03.0027

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. & Drever, J. (2014). Deep fluids in the continents: II. Crystalline Rocks. In , 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. E., 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., & 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

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., 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., 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

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

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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