Sherry Fieber-Beyer, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Director of UND Observatory
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. 2010, Earth System Science and Policy,
University of North Dakota
M.S. 2006, Physics,
University of North Dakota
B.S. 2003, Physics & Astronomy,
Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Dr. Sherry Fieber-Beyer joined the UND Space Studies department as a NASA-funded Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in January 2011. Prior to that, she was a graduate student in the departments of Earth System Science and Policy (2007-2010) and Physics (2004-2006) at UND. She worked as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Mike Gaffey from 2005 to 2010. Her doctoral research project, entitled "Mineralogical Characteristics of Asteroids near the 3:1 Kirkwood Gap," was supported by a competitively-awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. Dr. Fieber-Beyer is a Jamestown, ND native and was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota.
As research faculty, Dr. Fieber-Beyer continues to focus on the study of main-belt and near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), utilizing asteroid spectral investigations to test detailed models of the nature, origin, dynamics and inter-relationships of asteroids, meteorites, and early solar system conditions and processes. Her research on the 3:1 Kirkwood Gap is aimed at the identification of probable/potential parent bodies of the various meteorite classes.
She also studies the genetic and dynamical relationships of asteroid families including, but not limited to families such as the Maria and Gefion Asteroid Families. Her research extends to NEAs with the goal of better understanding the NEA population, paying particular focus on how physical and compositional properties vary within the population, properties affecting the hazard potential of individual NEAs, and the feasibility of mitigation strategies based upon the composition of target material derived from spectral analysis.
Dr. Fieber-Beyer has authored/co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and many abstracts for professional meetings. She is a visiting astronomer at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i. She is also Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on NSF and NASA grants.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K. & Gaffey, M.J. (2015). Near-infrared spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids III. Icarus, 257, 113-125.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J. & Hardersen P.S. (2015). Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2007 LE: Compositional Link to the Black Chondrite Rose City and Asteroid (6) Hebe. Icarus, 250, 430-437.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K. & Gaffey, M.J. (2014). Near-infrared spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids II: Probable and plausible parent bodies; primitive and differentiated. Icarus, 229, 99-108.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Hardersen, P.S., & Reddy, V. (2012). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids: Mineralogical Diversity and Plausible Meteorite Parent Bodies. Icarus, 221, 593-602.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K. & Gaffey, M.J. (2011). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids 3760 Poutanen, and 974 Lioba. Icarus, 214, 645-651.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Kelley, M.S., Reddy, V., Reynolds, C.M., & Hicks, T. (2011). The Maria Asteroid Family: Genetic Relationships and a Plausible Source of Mesosiderites near the 3:1 Kirkwood Gap. Icarus, 213, 524-537.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., & Abell, P.A. (2011). Mineralogical Characterization of Near Earth Amor Asteroid 1036 Ganymed. Icarus, 212, 149-157.
Data Archive Products:
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Fieber-Beyer IRTF Mainbelt Asteroid Spectra V3.0. EAR-A-I0046-3-FBIRTFSPEC-V3.0. NASA Planetary Data System, 2015.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Fieber-Beyer IRTF Mainbelt Asteroid Spectra V2.0. EAR-A-I0046-3-FBIRTFSPEC-V2.0. NASA Planetary Data System, 2013.
- Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Fieber-Beyer IRTF Mainbelt Asteroid Spectra V1.0. EAR-A-I0046-3-FBIRTFSPEC-V1.0. NASA Planetary Data System, 2011.