Thorsten Becker holds the Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in
Geophysics at the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin. His
main research interests are
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, and 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 National Academy of
Sciences Standing Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics and
was Editor in Chief of AGU's journal Geochemistry, Geophysics,
Geosystems for nearly a decade.
Thorsten has a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Harvard, and was a Cecil
H. and Ida M. Green Post-doctoral Scholar at Scripps, UC San Diego.