Thorsten W. Becker

Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin


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  • Megathrust Modeling project funded (08/2021)

    The NSF FRES program funded a multi-institutional effort to enhance physics-based models for megathrust hazard and use computational geoscience for alternative pathways for entry into a more diverse geoscience community. Check out the MTMOD web page, and read more in the UT News release.
  • Two most recent publications (see all publications)

    peer-reviewed contributions
    140 Porritt, R., Becker, T.W., Boschi, L., and Auer, L.: Multi-scale, radially anisotropic shear wave imaging of the mantle underneath the contiguous United States through joint inversion of USArray and global datasets. Geophys. J. Int., 265, 1730-1746, 2021. PDF
    139 Koppers, A., Becker, T.W., Jackson, M., Konrad, K., Müller, R.D., Romanowicz, B., Steinberger, B. and Whittaker, J.: The role of mantle plumes in deep earth and surface processes. Nature Rev. Earth & Environ., 2, 382-401, 2021. PDF
  • Undergrad and graduate (Ph.D.) student research opportunities

    The University of Texas at Austin hosts an exciting and diverse community of researchers at the Jackson School of Geoscience, which includes the UTIG and DGS units with which I am affiliated. At UT, we are colocated and collaborate with a number of others, including at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.

    We are always looking for motivated students with a keen interest and solid background in the Earth sciences, physics, engineering, or computer science. Please take a look at some of our recent publications to give you an idea of current projects, but I like to work with students who think and work independently and challenge and extend my expertise and interests.

    Please consider applying for our program should you be interested in pursuing a PhD in my research group, and see the JSG pages for admission procedures. The (important) Fellowship deadline is December 1 each year. If you think this could be a match, please do reach out by email.

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Updated: September 17, 2021. (c) Thorsten W. Becker, 1997-2021.