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

twb@ig.utexas.edu, 1-512-471-0410, @thwbecker


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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 Geodynamics.

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.


Updated: June 14, 2019.