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Michael Fehler

Senior Research Scientist
Deputy Director Earth Resources Laboratory (ERL)

Mike Fehler’s research is concerned with seismic and electromagnetic Imaging and microearthquake monitoring and interpretation around the production of hydrocarbons, in geothermal energy production and reservoir characterization.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT in 1979, Fehler worked as Assistant Professor at Oregon State University for five years before becoming a Staff geoscientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1984. At Los Alamos, he was the Leader of the Geophysics Group and later the Division Director of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division. In 2008 he returned to MIT where he is a Senior Research Scientist and the Deputy Director of ERL.

In addition to his work at MIT, Fehler is Technical Project Manager for Phase I of the SEG Advanced Modeling project (SEAM) an industry consortium for geophysical modeling.

Fehler was Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America for nine years beginning in 1995 and president of the Seismological Society of America from 2005-2007.


Lingling Wang, Qian Zhao, Jinghuai Gao, Zongben Xu, Michael Fehler, and Xiudi Jiang (2016), Seismic sparse-spike deconvolution via Toeplitz-sparse matrix factorization, Geophysics, 81(3), V169-V182, doi: 10.1190/geo2015-0151.1

Fang, X. D. and Cheng, A. and Fehler, M. C. (2015) Investigation of borehole cross-dipole flexural dispersion crossover through numerical modeling Geophysics, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. D75-D88, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0196.1

Feng, X. and Yu, Y. and Liu, C. and Fehler, M. (2015) Combination of H-Alpha Decomposition and Migration for Enhancing Subsurface Target Classification of GPR Ieee Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 4852-4861, doi: 10.1109/tgrs.2015.2411572

Feng, X. and Yu, Y. and Liu, C. and Fehler, M. (2015) Subsurface polarimetric migration imaging for full polarimetric ground-penetrating radar Geophysical Journal International, vol. 202, no. 2, pp. 1324-1338, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv208

Gallot, T. and Malcolm, A. and Szabo, T. L. and Brown, S. and Burns, D. and Fehler, M. (2015) Characterizing the nonlinear interaction of S- and P-waves in a rock sample Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 117, no. 3, doi: 10.1063/1.4905913

Li, J. S. and Fehler, M. and Yang, D. H. and Huang, X. Y. (2015) 3D weak-dispersion reverse time migration using a stereo-modeling operator Geophysics, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. S19-S30, doi: 10.1190/geo2013-0472.1

Liu, Y. W. and Dong, N. and Fehler, M. and Fang, X. D. and Liu, X. W. (2015) Estimating the fracture density of small-scale vertical fractures when large-scale vertical fractures are presentJournal of Geophysics and Engineering, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 311-320, doi: 10.1088/1742-2132/12/3/311

Poliannikov, O. V. and Prange, M. and Djikpesse, H. and Malcolm, A. E. and Fehler, M. (2015) Bayesian inversion of pressure diffusivity from microseismicity Geophysics, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. M43-M52, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0374.1

Schuster, G. and Shemeta, J. and Paulsson, B. and Xiao, X. and Hornby, B. and Karrenbach, M. and Fehler, M. and Hardage, B. and Huang, L. J. and Yu, G. and Yu, J. H. (2015) Introduction to special section: Recent advances with well whisperers Interpretation-A Journal of Subsurface Characterization, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. SWI-SWI, doi: 10.1190/int2015-0701-spseintro.1

Shabelansky, A. H. and Malcolm, A. E. and Fehler, M. C. and Shang, X. and Rodi, W. L. (2015) Source-independent full wavefield converted-phase elastic migration velocity analysisGeophysical Journal International, vol. 200, no. 2, pp. 952-966, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu450

Shabelansky, A. H. and Malcolm, A. and Fehler, M. (2015) Monitoring viscosity changes from time-lapse seismic attenuation: case study from a heavy oil reservoir Geophysical Prospecting, vol. 63, no. 5, pp. 1070-1085, doi: 10.1111/1365-2478.12229

Wang, H. and Tao, G. and Fehler, M. C. (2015) Investigation of the high-frequency wavefield of an off-center monopole acoustic logging-while-drilling tool Geophysics, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. D329-D341, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0426.1

Zamanian, S. A. and Rodi, W. L. and Kane, J. A. and Fehler, M. C. (2015) Iterative estimation of reflectivity and image texture: Least-squares migration with an empirical Bayes approachGeophysics, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. S113-S126, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0364.1

Zhu, Z. Y. and Burns, D. R. and Brown, S. and Fehler, M. (2015) Laboratory experimental studies of seismic scattering from fractures Geophysical Journal International, vol. 201, no. 1, pp. 291-303, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu399

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