Thorsten W. Becker
Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in Geophysics

Institute for Geophysics & Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

twb@ig.utexas.edu, 1-512-471-0410, @thwbecker


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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 geodynamics and 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.


Updated: March 16, 2020.