Thorsten Becker holds the Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in
Geophysics at the Jackson School of Geosciences and is a faculty
associate of the Oden Institute
for Computational Engineering & Sciences at UT Austin. His
main research interests are in
seismology, focusing on how planets'
interior and surface systems have co-evolved. He has worked on more
than 145 publications and is a Fellow
of the American Geophysical Union.
His team integrates field, laboratory, analog, and numerical
approaches into geodynamical models, focusing on the physics of plate
tectonics, from grain-scale deformation to earthquakes and global
mantle flow. They are always looking for motivated undergraduate and
graduate students to join their collaborative
efforts, exploring how terrestrial planets work and evolve.
Becker's teaching interests include
Natural Hazards, Tectonic Geodynamics, Physics of the Deep Earth, and
Numerical Modeling of Earth Systems. He currently chairs
the Standing Committee on Solid Earth Geophysics, and is a
member of the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources, at the
National Academy of Sciences. His other service commitments include a
near decade stint as Editor in Chief of AGU's Geochemistry,
Geophysics, Geosystems, and currently as an editor for
Thorsten has a Diplom in Physics from Frankfurt University, a
Ph.D. in Geophysics from Harvard, and was a Cecil H. and Ida M. Green
Post-doctoral Scholar at Scripps, UC San Diego.