Thorsten Becker holds the Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in
Geophysics. His main research interests are
in geodynamics and
seismology, focusing on how planets'
interior and surface systems have co-evolved. He cas authored more
than 125 publications and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical
Union. His research has been supported by NSF, NASA, USGS, DAAD, the
Humboldt Foundation, and Chevron.
Becker's group at JSG combines field, laboratory, and numerical
approaches into dynamical models, focusing on the physics of plate
tectonics, from grain- and earthquake-scale deformation to plate-scale
flow. We are always looking for motivated
undergraduate and graduate students to join our team.
Becker's teaching interests include
Natural Hazards, Introduction to Geology, Geophysics, Geodynamics,
Seismology, Deep Earth Dynamics, Quantitative Methods, and Numerical
Geodynamics. His service engagements include a near-decade stint as
Editor in Chief of AGU's journal G-Cubed, and he currently chair the
National Academy of Sciences standing committee on Seismology and
He holds a M.Sc. 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.