Michael Fehler received his Ph.D. in seismology from MIT in 1979. After spending a few years in the College of Oceanography at Oregon State University, he joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1984 where he was leader of the Geophysics Group and later the Division Director of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division that consisted of approximately 350 staff.
He is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Technical Project Manager for Phase I of the SEG Advanced Modeling project, which is a consortium of 24 companies in the petroleum industry that joined together to use geophysical modeling to advance our ability to address issues in geophysical characterization.
Fehler was Editor-in-Chief 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 2005-2007. His interests in include seismic imaging, reservoir characterization, seismic scattering, geothermal energy, and induced seismicity.