Thorsten W. Becker
Shell Distinguished Chair in Geophysics

Institute for Geophysics and
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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My main research interests lie in geodynamics and seismology with focus on the interactions between mantle convection and surface tectonics. I am fascinated by the inner workings of terrestrial planets, and how their mantle and surface systems have co-evolved over time.

My group combines field, laboratory, and numerical approaches to construct dynamical models, focusing on the physics of plate tectonics, from grain-scale deformation to plate-scale flow.

My teaching interests include Earth System Dynamics including Natural Hazards, Geophysics, Geodynamics, Seismology, Deep Earth Dynamics, Quantitative Methods, Numerical Geodynamics, and the Solid Earth Research and Teaching Environment (SEATREE). We always have research opportunities for highly motivated undergrad and grad students.

Our research has been funded by NSF, NASA, USGS, DAAD, the Humboldt Foundation, and Chevron. Their support is greatfully acknowledged.

You can follow the links above for news about my group, publications, CV, teaching, research projects, software and other (e.g. data and maps) downloads, and directions to my office.


Updated: September 25, 2018.