Thorsten W. Becker
Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in Geophysics

Institute for Geophysics and Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin, 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 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, 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.

Updated: November 14, 2019.