fehler@mit.edu
Michael Fehler
 Deputy Director, Earth Resources Laboratory
 Senior Research Scientist
 PhD, Geophysics, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., 1979
Biographical Overview
Mike Fehler received his PhD in Geophysics from MIT in 1979. He then 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 EditorinChief of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America for nine years beginning in 1995 and was president of the Seismological Society of America from 20052007. His current research interests include seismic imaging, reservoir characterization, seismic scattering, geothermal energy, and induced seismicity.
Publications

L. Huang, M. Fehler, 2020, "Preface: Special Issue on SeismicWave Propagation, Scattering, and Imaging Dedicated to Professor RuShan Wu’s 80th Birthday", Commun. Comput. Phys., 28, iii

L. Huang, M. Fehler, Y. Zheng, X.B. Xie, 2020, "Review Article: SeismicWave Scattering, Imaging, and Inversion", Communications in Computational Physics, 28, 1  40

L. Huang, Y. Chen, M. Fehler, M. Schoenball, J. AjoFranklin, P. Fu, T. Cladouhous, P. Czsoki, T. Kneafsey, E.G.S.Collab Team, 2019, "Induced Microseismicity in Geothermal and CO2EOR Fields", Society of Exploration Geophysicists  Postconvention Workshop

A. Scarinci, M. Fehler, Y. Marzouk, 2019, "Robust Bayesian moment tensor inversion using TransportLagrangian distances", SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2019

H. Hu, Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, 2018, "3D seismic characterization of fractures with random spacing using the doublebeam method", GEOPHYSICS, 83210, M63  M74

H. Wang, M. Fehler, A. Fournier, 2018, "Assessing CO2 leak paths by analysis of boreholemonopole wavefield modes", SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2018

P. Bharadwaj, Y. Mukuhira, L. Demanet, M. Fehler, A. Fournier, 2018, "Focused blind deconvolution of earthquake signals", AGU Fall Meeting

Y. Mukuhira, K. Fuse, M. Naoi, M. Fehler, H. Moriya, T. Ito, H. Asanuma, M.O. Häring, 2018, "Hybrid focal mechanism determination: constraining focal mechanisms of injection induced seismicity using insitu stress data", Geophysical Journal International

J.A. Da Silva, O.V. Poliannikov, M. Fehler, R. Turpening, 2018, "Modeling scattering and intrinsic attenuation of crosswell seismic data in the Michigan Basin", GEOPHYSICS, 83114, WC15  WC27

X. Feng, M. Fehler, S. Brown, T.L. Szabo, D. Burns, 2018, "ShortPeriod Nonlinear Viscoelastic Memory of Rocks Revealed by Copropagating Longitudinal Acoustic Waves", Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

H. Wang, M. Fehler, 2017, "A cement bond evaluation method based on the full waveform from a monopole tool", SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, 875879

S. Salazar, T. Hantschel, F. Nozanda, M. Fehler, 2017, "Building a model with realistic pore pressures: Modifying the SEAM Phase I subsalt model", The Leading Edge, 36, 730  737

A.M. Popovici, S. Fomel, Y. Mukuhira, M. Fehler, M. Hirokazu, 2017, "Buried microseismic detection from continuous data using spectral matrix analysis of triaxial particle motion", SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2017

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2017, "Convertedwave seismic imaging: Amplitudebalancing sourceindependent imaging conditions", GEOPHYSICS, 82, S99  S109

X. Fang, Y. Zheng, M. Fehler, 2017, "Fracture clustering effect on amplitude variation with offset and azimuth analyses", GEOPHYSICS, 82, N13  N25

H. Wang, M. Fehler, D. Miller, 2017, "Reliability of velocity measurements made by monopole acoustic loggingwhiledrilling tools in fast formations", GEOPHYSICS, 1  30

H. Wang, M. Fehler, 2017, "The wavefield of acoustic logging in a cased hole with a single casing—Part II: a dipole tool", Geophysical Journal International, 1412  1428

H. Wang, M. Fehler, 2017, "The wavefield of acoustic logging in a casedhole with a single casing – Part I: a monopole tool", Geophysical Journal International, 612  626

Y. Li, H. Wang, M. Fehler, Y. Fu, 2017, "Wavefield characterization of perforation shot signals in a shale gas reservoir", Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 267, 31  40

Y. Zheng, A.H. Malallah, M. Fehler, H. Hu, 2016, "2D fullwaveform modeling of seismic waves in layered karstic media", GEOPHYSICS, 81, T115  T124

W. Pan, K.A. Innanen, G.F. Margrave, M. Fehler, X. Fang, J. Li, 2016, "Estimation of elastic constants for HTI media using GaussNewton and fullNewton multiparameter fullwaveform inversion", GEOPHYSICS, 81, R275  R291

H. Wang, M. Fehler, G. Tao, Z. Wei, 2016, "Investigation of collar properties on dataacquisition scheme for acoustic loggingwhiledrilling", GEOPHYSICS, 81, D611  D624

J.A. Da Silva, O.V. Poliannikov, M. Fehler, 2016, "Modeling scattering of crosswell seismic waves using Radiative Transfer Theory", SEG

O.V. Poliannikov, M. Fehler, W. Rodi, 2016, "Quantifying the uncertainty in fault plane solutions inferred from S/P amplitude ratios", SEG

Z. Li, Y.E. Li, M. Fehler, G. Hu, 2016, "Regularized amplitudeversusangle (AVA) inversion with travel time information", SEG

H. Wang, M. Fehler, D. Miller, 2016, "Reliability of velocity measurements of monopole acoustic loggingwhiledrilling tool in fast formations", SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2016

L. Wang, Q. Zhao, J. Gao, Z. Xu, M. Fehler, X. Jiang, 2016, "Seismic sparsespike deconvolution via Toeplitzsparse matrix factorization", GEOPHYSICS, 81, V169  V182

P.K. Kang, Y. Zheng, X. Fang, R. Wojcik, D. McLaughlin, S. Brown, M. Fehler, D. Burns, N.H. Jung, 2016, "Sequential approach to joint flowseismic inversion for improved characterization of fractured media", Water Resources Research, 52, 903  919

H. Sato, M. Fehler, 2016, "Synthesis of wavelet envelope in 2D random media having powerlaw spectra: comparison with FD simulations", Geophysical Journal International, 207, 333  342

J.A. TenCate, A.E. Malcolm, X. Feng, M. Fehler, 2016, "The effect of crack orientation on the nonlinear interaction of a P wave with an S wave", Geophysical Research Letters, 6146  6152

A. Malcolm, J. Tencate, M. Fehler, 2016, "The role of cracks in the nonlinear interaction of a Pwave with an Swave", SEG

A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2016, "The role of cracks in the nonlinear interaction of a Pwave with an Swave", SEG International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting

H. Wang, M. Fehler, D. Miller, 2016, "The wavefield of acoustic logging in multiple casing models", SPWLA 57th Annual Symposium

D. Yang, F. Liu, S. Morton, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2016, "Timelapse fullwaveform inversion with oceanbottomcable data: Application on Valhall field", GEOPHYSICS, 81, R225  R235

X. Feng, M. Fehler, S. Brown, D. Burns, J. Tencate, T.L. Szabo, C. Liu, 2016, "Using copropagating P waves to extract nonlinear elastic characteristics of rock", SEG

J. Li, M. Fehler, D. Yang, X. Huang, 2015, "3D weakdispersion reverse time migration using a stereomodeling operator"

O.V. Poliannikov, M. Prange, H. Djikpesse, A.E. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2015, "Bayesian inversion of pressure diffusivity from microseismicity", GEOPHYSICS, 80, M43  M52

T. Gallot, A. Malcolm, T.L. Szabo, S. Brown, D. Burns, M. Fehler, 2015, "Characterizing the nonlinear interaction of S and Pwaves in a rock sample"

X. Feng, Y. Yu, C. Liu, M. Fehler, 2015, "Combination of HAlpha Decomposition and Migration for Enhancing Subsurface Target Classification of GPR"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2015, "ConvertedPhase Seismic Imaging: AmplitudeBalancing SourceIndependent Imaging Conditions"

Y. Liu, N. Dong, M. Fehler, X. Fang, X. Liu, 2015, "Estimating the fracture density of smallscale vertical fractures when largescale vertical fractures are present"

W. Pan, K.A. Innanen, G.F. Margrave, M. Fehler, X. Fang, J. Li, 2015, "Estimation of elastic constants in HTI media using GaussNewton and FullNewton multiparameter full waveform inversion"

X. Fang, Y. Zheng, M. Fehler, 2015, "Fracture clustering effect on AVOAZ analysis"

X. Fang, A. Cheng, M. Fehler, 2015, "Investigation of borehole crossdipole flexural dispersion crossover through numerical modeling"

R.Vincent Schneider, H. Wang, M. Fehler, Z. Wei, G. Tao, W. Ni, W. Zhang, 2015, "Investigation of Collar Properties on Data acquisition scheme analysis for acoustic LoggingWhileDrilling", SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2015SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2015

H. Wang, M. Fehler, Z. Wei, G. Tao, 2015, "Investigation of Collar Properties on Data acquisition scheme analysis for acoustic LoggingWhileDrilling"

H. Wang, G. Tao, M. Fehler, 2015, "Investigation of the highfrequency wavefield of an offcenter monopole acoustic loggingwhiledrilling tool", GEOPHYSICS, 80, D329  D341

A. Zamanian, W. Rodi, J.A. Kane, M. Fehler, 2015, "Iterative estimation of reflectivity and image texture: Leastsquares migration with an empirical Bayes approach", GEOPHYSICS, 80, S113  S126

Z. Zhu, D. Burns, S. Brown, M. Fehler, 2015, "Laboratory experimental studies of seismic scattering from fractures", Geophysical Journal International, 201, 291  303

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2015, "Monitoring viscosity changes from timelapse seismic attenuation: case study from a heavy oil reservoir", Geophysical Prospecting, 63, 1070  1085

A.H. Shabelansky, A.E. Malcolm, M. Fehler, X. Shang, W. Rodi, 2015, "Sourceindependent full wavefield convertedphase elastic migration velocity analysis", Geophysical Journal International, 200, 952  966

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2015, "The sensitivity of convertedphase extended images to P and Swavespeed variations"

H. Wang, G. Tao, M. Fehler, D. Miller, 2015, "The wavefield of a multipole acoustic Logging WhileDrilling tool in horizontal and highly deviated wells", SPWLA 56th Annual Symposium

A. Zamanian, M. Fehler, X. Fang, D. Burns, 2014, "A Bayesian framework for fracture characterization from surface seismic data"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2014, "Datadriven estimation of the sensitivity of targetoriented timelapse seismic imaging to source geometry"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, 2014, "Does dipole dispersion crossover indicate borehole stressinduced anisotropy?"

S.K. Bakku, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2014, "Fracture compliance estimation using borehole tube waves"

D. Yang, X. Shang, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2014, "Image Registration Guided Wavefield Tomography For Shear Wave Velocity Model Building"

S.K. Bakku, P. Wills, M. Fehler, 2014, "Monitoring hydraulic fracturing using Distributed Acoustic Sensing in a treatment well"

A. Malcolm, T.L. Szabo, D. Burns, S. Brown, M. Fehler, 2014, "Nonlinear Interaction of Seismic Waves in the Lab: A potential Tool for Characterizing Pore Structure and Fluids"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, 2014, "Numerical investigation of borehole dipole flexural dispersion crossover under triaxial stress"

O.V. Poliannikov, M. Prange, H. Djikpesse, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2014, "Propagation of uncertainty from effectivediffusion flow to microseismicity"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, Y. Zheng, D. Burns, 2014, "Reservoir fracture characterization from seismic scattered waves"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2014, "Seismic characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs by double focusing Gaussian beams with limited seismic acquisition"

X. Fang, X. Shang, M. Fehler, 2014, "Sensitivity of timelapse seismic data to fracture compliance in hydraulic fracturing"

D. Yang, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, L. Huang, 2014, "Timelapse walkaway vertical seismic profile monitoring for CO2 injection at the SACROC enhanced oil recovery field: A case study"

D. Yang, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, L. Huang, 2014, "Timelapse walkaway vertical seismic profile monitoring for CO2 injection at the SACROC enhanced oil recovery field: A case study"

D. Yang, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2014, "Using Image Warping for Timelapse Image Domain Wave"

D. Yang, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2014, "Using image warping for timelapse image domain wavefield tomography"

S.K. Bakku, P. Wills, M. Fehler, J. Mestayer, A. Mateeva, J. Lopez, 2014, "Vertical Seismic Profiling Using Distributed Acoustic Sensing in a Hydrofrac TreatmentWell"

J. Li, M. Fehler, D. Yang, X. Huang, 2013, "3D WeakDispersion ReverseTime Migration with a StereoModeling Method"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, T. Chen, S. Brown, A. Cheng, M.N. Toksoz, 2013, "An approach for predicting stressinduced anisotropy around a borehole", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 3; P. D143ñD150

G. Melo, A. Malcolm, O.V. Poliannikov, M. Fehler, 2013, "Analysis of location uncertainty for a microearhquake cluster: A case study"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2013, "Datadriven estimation of the sensitivity of targetoriented timelapse seismic imaging to source geometry", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 2

D. Yang, M. Fehler, A. Malcolm, F. Liu, S. Morton, 2013, "DoubleDifference Waveform Inversion of 4D Ocean Bottom Cable Data: Application to Valhall, North Sea"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, A. Cheng, 2013, "Effect of borehole stress concentration on compressional wave velocity measurements"

Y. Liu, M. Fehler, C. Liu, 2013, "Estimating the fracture density of smallscale vertical fractures when largescale vertical fractures are present"

P.K. Kang, Y. Zheng, X. Fang, R. Wojcik, D. McLaughlin, S. Brown, M. Fehler, D. Burns, R. Juanes, 2013, "Joint flowseismic inversion for characterizing fractured reservoirs: theoretical approach and numerical modeling"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2013, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2013, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 4; P. A23ñA28

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2013, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, 2013, "Seismic characterization of reservoirs with variable fracture spacing by double focusing Gaussian beams"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, T. Chen, D. Burns, Z. Zhu, 2013, "Sensitivity analysis of fracture scattering", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 1; P. T1T10

X. Fang, X. Shang, M. Fehler, 2013, "Sensitivity of time lapse seismic data to the compliance of hydraulic fractures"

X. Fang, X. Shang, M. Fehler, 2013, "Sensitivity of timelapse seismic data to fracture compliance in hydraulic fracturing", Geophys. J. Int, Sept.

D. Yang, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2013, "Using ImageWarping for Timelapse Image DomainWavefield Tomography"

A. Zamanian, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "A Bayesian framework for fracture characterization from surface seismic data"

H. Zhang, E. Gasperikova, B. Parker, A. Tryggvason, O. Gudmundsson, T. Seher, G. Newman, M. Fehler, K. Arnason, 2012, "Advanced 3D Geophysical Imaging Technologies for Geothermal Resource Characterization"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, T. Chen, S. Brown, A. Cheng, M.N. Toksoz, 2012, "An approach for predicting stressinduced anisotropy around a borehole"

A. Malcolm, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2012, "Comparison of microearthquake locations using seismic interferometry principles"

Y. Zheng, Y. He, M. Fehler, 2012, "Crosscorrelation kernels in acoustic Green\'s function retrieval by wavefield correlation for point sources on a plane and a sphere"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2012, "Datadriven estimation of the sensitivity of targetoriented timelapse seismic imaging to source geometry"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "Efficient DoubleBeam Characterization for Fractured Reservoir"

S.K. Bakku, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "Fracture characterization from attenuation of Stoneley waves across a fracture"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2012, "Monitoring seismic attenuation changes using a 4D relative spectrum method in Athabsca Heavy Oil Reservoir, Canada"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, T. Chen, S. Brown, A. Cheng, M.N. Toksoz, 2012, "Predicting stressinduced anisotropy around a borehole"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, Y. Zheng, D. Burns, 2012, "Reservoir fracture characterizations from seismic scattered waves"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, J. Liu, M. Fehler, 2012, "Scholte waves generated by seafloor topography"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs using 3D double beams"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, S.K. Bakku, 2012, "Seismic imaging of hydraulicallystimulated fractures: A numerical study of the effect of the source Mechanism"

Y. Zheng, R.S. Wu, Y. Liu, M. Fehler, 2012, "Seismic interferometry using nonfarfield sources and removing the spurious arrival"

D. Yang, Y. Zheng, M. Fehler, A. Malcolm, 2012, "Targetoriented timelapse waveform inversion using virtual survey"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, T. Chen, D. Burns, 2011, "A robust method for fracture orientation and density detection from seismic scattered energy"

D. Yang, M. Fehler, A. Malcolm, L. Huang, 2011, "Carbon sequestration monitoring with acoustic doubledifference waveform inversion: A case study on SACROC walkaway VSP data"

Y. Zheng, Y. He, M. Fehler, 2011, "Crosscorrelation kernels in acoustic Green's function retrieval by wave field correlation for point sources on a plane and a sphere", Geophysical Journal International, 184(2): 853ñ859

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Doublebeam stacking to infer seismic properties of fractured reservoirs", SEG Annual Meeting, Expanded Abstracts

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Doublebeam stacking to infer seismic properties of fractured reservoirs"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Doublebeam stacking to infer seismic properties of fractured reservoirs"

S.K. Bakku, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Estimation of fracture compliance from tubewaves generated at a fracture intersecting a borehole"

Z. Zhu, D. Burns, M. Fehler, S. Brown, 2011, "Experimental Studies of Reflections from Single and MultipleF ractures Using Lucite Models"

A.M. AlMuhaidib, M. Fehler, M.N. Toksoz, Y. Zhang, 2011, "Finite Difference ElasticWave Modeling Including Surface Topography"

Y. Zheng, R.S. Wu, Y. Liu, M. Fehler, 2011, "Seismic interferometry using nonfarfield sources and removing the spurious arrival", Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101(2)

T. Chen, M. Fehler, X. Fang, X. Shang, D. Burns, 2011, "SH Wave Scattering from Fractures using Boundary Element Method with Linear Slip Boundary Condition"

A.H. Shabelansky, A. Malcolm, M. Fehler, 2011, "Visibility Analysis using Reverse Time Wave Sensitivity for TimeLapse TargetOriented Imaging"

R. Zhou, L. Huang, J.T. Rutledge, M. Fehler, T.M. Delay, E.L. Majer, 2010, "Codawave interferometry analysis of timelapse VSP data for monitoring geological carbon sequestration", International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control

T. Chen, M. Fehler, S. Brown, Y. Zhang, X. Fang, D. Burns, P. Wang, 2010, "Modeling of acoustic wave scattering from a twodimensional fracture"

S.C. Maxwell, J.T. Rutledge, R. Jones, M. Fehler, 2010, "Petroleum reservoir characterization using downhole microseismic monitoring,", Geophysics, 75(5)

Y. Zheng, M. Fehler, 2010, "Scales and scattering strengths of lower mantle heterogeneities using PKPab, PKPbc and PKIKP waves", (Invited oral presentation), Fall AGU, San Francisco

X. Fang, M. Fehler, T. Chen, D. Burns, Z. Zhu, X. Fang, 2010, "Sensitivity Analysis of Fracture Scattering", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 1; P. T1ñT10

A. Tramelli, E. Del Pezzo, M. Fehler, 2009, "3D Scattering Image of Mt. Vesuvius", Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 99(3)

N. Cheng, L. House, M. Fehler, 1996, "An amplitude and traveltime calculation using a higherorder parabolic equation"

L.V. Block, C.H. Cheng, M. Fehler, W.S. Phillips, 1991, "Seismic imaging of the velocity structure and the location of a hydrofrac in a geothermal reservoir"