Research Associate Professor
University of Alaska Fairbanks
-Volcano Infrasound and Seismology
-Infrasound Signal Detection and Classification
My research is focused on using infrasound (low frequency sound) and seismic data to characterize and understand volcanic eruptions and other types of explosions. This work enables a better understanding of volcanic eruptions, as well as contributes to hazard mitigation. Volcano infrasound provides a unique way to monitor volcanoes and understand volcanic processes, particularly in remote and difficult to monitor regions. An important aspect of my research has been to integrate infrasound records with other geophysical techniques (e.g. seismic, satellite, thermal) to better understand eruption processes. Further, volcanic eruptions can be used to study the propagation of infrasound at a variety of source-receiver distances, which ultimately leads to a better characterization of the atmosphere. I also conduct research in nuclear treaty monitoring, including infrasound signal detection, source characterization, propagation, and sensor and station performance.
My work on volcanoes is primarily conducted through my role in the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), where I also serve as the AVO Coordinating Scientist. AVO uses federal, state and university resources to monitor and study Alaska's hazardous volcanoes, forecast and record eruptive activity, and mitigate volcanic hazards to life and property. More information on how we use infrasound at AVO can be found here.
I'm also a part of the Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC), which focuses on nuclear treaty monitoring. We operate and maintain multiple infrasound and seismic stations of the International Monitoring System (IMS) of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO). These arrays are located in Alaska, Washington, Wake Island, Midway Island, Diego Garcia, and Antarctica. WATC also studies infrasonic signals from large earthquakes, explosions, and many other sources.
Interested in doing innovative graduate research in infrasound and seismology at UAF? I often have opportunities for students to work as part of AVO, at volcanoes around the world, and in nuclear treaty monitoring. Please send me an email (dfee1 at alaska.edu) if you are interested or would like some more information on current and future projects. Below is a list of current and former graduate students and postdocs who have worked with me:
Current students and postdocs
Jordan Bishop, Ph.D. student
Julia Gestrich, Ph.D. student
Alexandra Iezzi, Ph.D. student
Liam Toney, M.S. student
Former students and postdocs
Kathleen McKee, Ph.D., 2013-2017 (now at Carnegie Institute)
Keehoon Kim, Postdoc, 2014-2015 (now at Lawrence Livermore National Labs)
Sarah Albert, M.S., 2013-2015 (now at Sandia National Labs)
Colin Rowell, M.S., 2011-2013 (now Ph.D. student at University of British Columbia)
Field Work Photos
David FeeWilson Alaska Technical CenterAlaska Volcano ObservatoryGeophysical Institute-UAF2156 S Koyukuk Drive Fairbanks, AK 99775
email: dfee1 at alaska.edu