Thorsten Becker holds the Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in
Geophysics at the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin. His
main research interests are in
seismology, focusing on how planets'
interior and surface systems have co-evolved. He has authored more
than 125 publications and is a Fellow
of the American Geophysical Union.
Becker's group integrates field, laboratory, analog, and numerical
approaches into geodynamical models, focusing on the physics of plate
tectonics, from grain-scale deformation to plate-scale flow. They
are always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students
to join their team.
Becker's teaching interests include
Natural Hazards, Geodynamics, Physics of the Deep Earth, and Numerical
Modeling of Earth Systems. He currently chairs the Standing Committee
on Seismology and Geodynamics and is a member of the Board of
Earth Sciences and Resources at the National Academy of
Sciences. His other service includes a near decade stint as Editor in
Chief of AGU's journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.
Thorsten has an M.Sc. in Physics from Frankfurt Universiyt, a
Ph.D. in Geophysics from Harvard, and was a Cecil
H. and Ida M. Green Post-doctoral Scholar at Scripps, UC San Diego.