Steven Stahler

Steven Stahler

Physics Lecturer, Research Astrophysicist

Office: 269 Campbell Hall
Main: (510) 967-9050

Courses Taught

Physics 7A: Physics for Scientists and Engineers


I grew up in Maryland, attended Columbia University as an undergraduate, and U. C. Berkeley as a graduate student in the Physics Department. Here at Berkeley, I have been a physics lecturer for many years, and have continued to be very active in research within theoretical astrophysics.

Research Interests

My research centers on the theory of star formation, a problem I have attacked from many different perspectives. I often collaborate with undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs in both Physics and Astronomy. In 2004, I coauthored the first graduate-level textbook in star formation. I am currently writing a second edition of this book, to be published by Oxford U. Press.


Sadavoy, S. L. & Stahler, S. W. 2017, Embedded Binaries and their Dense Cores, MNRAS, 469, 3881

Moody, M. S. L. & Stahler, S. W. 2017, EXors and the Stellar Birthline, AA, 600, A133

O'Leary, R. M., Stahler, S. W., & Ma, C.-P. 2014,  Two Paths of Cluster Evolution: Global Expansion versus Core Collapse, MNRAS, 444, 80

Roth, N., Stahler, S.W., & Keto, E. 2014, The Dynamics of Ultracompact HII Regions, MNRAS, 438, 1335

Lee, A. T. & Stahler, S. W. 2014, Dynamical Friction in a Gas: The Supersonic Case, AA, 561, A84

Mohammadpour, M. & Stahler, S. W. 2013, Externally Fed Star Formation: A Numerical Study, MNRAS, 433, 3389

Dalba, P. A. & Stahler, S. W. 2012, Externally Fed Accretion onto Protostars, MNRAS, 425, 1591