Thorsten 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 is a Fellow of the
American Geophysical Union, and a recipient of the Humboldt
Bessel Award, IUGG's Evgueni Burov Medal, and the
European Geoscience Union's Augustus Love Medal.
With his team, he 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 collaborative efforts, exploring how terrestrial planets work
Becker's teaching interests include
Geophysics, Natural Hazards, Geodynamics, Tectonics, deep Earth
dynamics, and Numerical Modeling. He currently chairs the Standing
Committee on Solid Earth Geophysics, and is a member of
the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources, both at the
National Academy of Sciences. His other service commitments include a
near decade stint as Editor in Chief of AGU's
journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, and he
currently serves as an editor for AGU Advances.
Thorsten has a Diplom in Physics from Frankfurt University, a
Ph.D. in Geophysics from Harvard, and was a Cecil H. and Ida
M. Green Post-doctoral Scholar at Scripps, UC San Diego.