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Portrait of Sherry Fieber-Beyer

Sherry Fieber-Beyer

  • Research Asst Professor, Space Studies

Contact Info

Office Address

Clifford Hall Room 530
4149 University Ave Stop 9008
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9008

Office Hours

MWF 9a-11a 1p-3p

Biography

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.

SpSt 425: Observational Astronomy
SpSt 502: Survey of Space Studies II
SpSt 526: Advanced Observational Astronomy
SpSt 570: Scientific Writing-Proposals
SpSt 593: Individual Research
SpSt 997: Independent Study
SpSt 998: Thesis

  • Astrometry
  • Photometry
  • VNIR Spectroscopy
  • Asteroids
  • Comets
  • Meteorites
  • Small Body Mineralogy/Petrology

Selected Publications:

  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K. and Gaffey, M.J., (2019). NEA 162385 (2000 BM 19): near-infrared compositional analysis of a multi-trillion dollar mining target. Icarus {submitted}.
  • McCraig, M. A., Osinskia, G. R., Cloutisa, E.A., Flemming, R. L., Izawac, M. R., Reddy,V.,Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Pompiliog, L., van der Meerh, F., Bergera, J. A., Bramblea, M.S., Applin, D.M. (2017). Fitting the curve in Excel®: Systematic curve fitting of laboratory and remotely sensed planetary spectra. Computers & Geoscience 100, 103-114.

  • Marion, G. H.; Sand, D. J.; Hsiao, E. Y.; Banerjee, D. P. K.; Valenti, S.; Stritzinger, M. D.; Vinkó, J.; Joshi, V.; Venkataraman, V.; Ashok, N. M.; Amanullah, R.; Binzel, R. P.; Bochanski, J. J.; Bryngelson, G. L.; Burns, C. R.; Drozdov, D.; Fieber-Beyer, S. K.; Graham, M. L.; Howell, D. A.; Johansson, J.; Kirshner, R. P.; Milne, P. A.; Parrent, J.; Silverman, J. M.; Vervack, R. J., Jr.; Wheeler, J. C. (2015). Early Observations and Analysis of the Type Ia SN 2014J in M82. The Astrophysical Journal, 798:39 (12pp).

  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K. and Gaffey, M.J., (2015). Near-infrared spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids III. Icarus 257, 113-125.

  • Gaffey, M.J., Reddy, V., Fieber-Beyer, S.K., and Cloutis, E. (2015). Asteroid (354) Eleonora: Plucking an odd duck. Icarus, Volume 250, p. 623-638. 
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., M. J. Gaffey, and P. S. Hardersen (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., and 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. and 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., and 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.

Conference Abstracts:

  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., and Gaffey, M. J. (2019). The Family 0f Asteroid (6) Hebe: Initial Results. 50th LPSC, LPI Contribution No. 1047.
  • Gaffey, M. J., and Fieber-Beyer, S. K. (2019). Is The (20) Massalia Family The Source Of The L-Chondrites?50th LPSC, LPI Contribution No. 1441.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Gaffey, M. J., and Hardersen, P. S. (2016). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Asteroids. 47th LPSC, LPI Contribution No. 1481.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., and M. J. Gaffey, (2015). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids III. 46th Lunar & Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1048.
  • Roberts, R. V.; Gaffey, M. J.; Fieber-Beyer, S. K., (2015). Is the Gefion Dynamical Asteroid Family the Source of the L-Chondrites? 78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, held July 27-31, 2015 in Berkeley, California. LPI Contribution No. 1856, p.5073.
  • Gaffey, M. J., Reddy, V., Fieber-Beyer, S. K., and Cloutis, E. (2014) Asteroid (354) Eleonora: Plucking an Odd Duck. 45th Lunar &Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1777 p 1453.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Gaffey, M. J., and Hardersen, P. S. (2014). Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2007 LE: Probable Parent Body of the Black Chondrite Rose City and Daughter of Asteroid (6) Hebe.  45th Lunar &Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1777 p 1428.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., and Gaffey, M.J., (2013) Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids: A Battalion of Basalts. 44th Lunar &Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1719, p.1352.
  • Gaffey, M. J., and Fieber-Beyer, S.K., (2013). Identification of a Possible H-Chondrite Asteroid Family. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, id.5124
  • Roberts, R.V., Gaffey, M.J., and Fieber-Beyer, S.K., (2013). Mineralogical Assessment of 2911 Miahelena and 3788 Steyaert, two Gefion Asteroid Family Members. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, id. 5127.
  • Roberts, R.V., Gaffey, M.J., and Fieber-Beyer, S.K., (2013). Mineralogical Assessment of two Gefion Family Asteroids: 1433 Geramtina &4182 Mount Locke. 44th Lunar &Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1719, p.2713
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Gaffey, M.J., and Blagen, J.M. (2012). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids (660) Crescentia, (797) Montana, (879) Ricarda, (1391) Carelia, and (1644) Rafita. 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution LPI Contribution No. 1659, id.1530.
  • Blagan, J.M., Gaffey, M.J., and Fieber-Beyer, S.K., (2012). Testing the Gefion family as a possible parent body for the L-chondrite meteorites. 43rd Lunar &Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1659, id.1643.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Gaffey, M. J., Kelley, M. S., Reddy, V., Reynolds, C. M., Hicks, T. (2011). The 3:1 Kirkwood Gap and the Maria Family:  Genetic Family Membership and Plausible Source Body of Mesosiderites.  42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1411.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Gaffey, M. J., Kelley, M. S., Reddy, V., Reynolds, C. M., Hicks, T. (2010). The 3:1 Kirkwood Gap and the Maria Family: Genetic Family Membership and Probable Source Body of Mesosiderites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Abstract # 5122.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S. K., Gaffey, M. J., Kelley, M. S., Reddy, V., Reynolds, C. M., Hicks, T. (2010). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids 695 Bella, 714 Ulula, and 3066 McFadden. 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1533, p.1500
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., and Gaffey, M.J. (2010). Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids:  908 Buda and 1772 Gagarin. 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1533, p.1853
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Hardersen, P.S., (2009). Near-infrared Spectroscopy of 3:1 Kirkwood Gap Asteroids 1379 Lomonosawa and 974 Lioba: Plausible Parent Bodies of L- and LL-chondrites.  In Lunar and Planetary Science XL, Abstract #1115, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston (CD-ROM).
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Abell, P.A., Reddy, V., (2008). Compositional and Dynamical Studies of Asteroids Located In/Near the 3:1 Kirkwood Gap: 495 Eulalia-A          First Step.  In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX, Abstract #1149.
  • Reddy, V.; Gaffey, M. J.; Abell, P. A.; Kumar, S., & Fieber-Beyer, S. K., (2008). Faint, Fuzzy and 'Featureless' PHAs: Making the Most Out of Almost Nothing. 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX), held March 10-14, 2008 in League City, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.1996
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J. (2007) Spinel-bearing Asteroids…the Most Ancient Asteroids in the Solar System. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Abstract # 5116, Vol. 42, No. 8, p.A47
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Abell, P.A., Reddy (2007) Mineralogical Characterization of ear Earth Amor Asteroid 1036 Ganymed.  Lunar & Planetary Science XXXVIII, Abstract #1695.
  • Hardersen, P.S., Gaffey, M.J., Kumar, S, Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Crowell J.J, Crowell A.J. (2007) Near-IR Reflectance Spectra of M-asteroids 250 Bettina, 369 Aeria, 413 Edburga, and 931 Whittemora (2007).  In Lunar & Planetary Science XXXVIII, Abstract #1956.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Hardersen, P.S., (2006) Near-IR spectroscopic analysis of mainbelt X-asteroid 469 Argentina. In Geologic Society of America Abstracts with Programs Volume 38, Number 7.
  • Fieber-Beyer, S.K., Gaffey, M.J., Hardersen, P.S. (2006), Near-infrared spectroscopic analysis of mainbelt M-asteroid 755 Quintilla.  In Lunar & Planetary Science XXXVII, Abstract#1315.
  • 2018  Distinguished Alumna Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • 2014  Asteroid (14825) Fieber-Beyer

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

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA:

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Space Studies                               2017-present

Director of UND Observatory, Department of Space Studies                                2017-present

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Space Studies                                             2011-2017      

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Space Studies                               2005-2010

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics                                          2004-2005

NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY, MAUNA KEA, HI:   

Visiting Astronomer                                                                                               2005-present

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MOORHEAD:

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics                                1999-2003

  • Sigma Xi

  • The Meteoritical Society

  • Sigma Pi Sigma

  • The National Honors Scholars Society