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 135 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 team,
exploring how terrestrial planets work and evolve.
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 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 AGU Advances.
Thorsten has a Diplom in Physics from Frankfurt University, a
Ph.D. in Geophysics from Harvard, and was the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green
Post-doctoral Scholar at Scripps, UC San Diego.