Thorsten W. Becker

Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin


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125 Wang, W. and Becker, T. W.: Upper mantle seismic anisotropy as a constraint for mantle flow and continental dynamics of the North American Plate. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 514, 143-155, 2019. PDF
124 Weller, M. B., Fuchs, L., Becker, T. W., and Soderlund, K. M.: Convection in thin shells of icy satellites: Effects of latitudinal surface temperature variations. J. Geophys. Res. - Planets, 2019. PDF
123 Siravo, G., Faccenna, C., Gerault, M., Becker, T. W., Fellin, M. G., Herman, F. and Molin, P.: Slab flattening and the rise of the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 512, 100-110, 2019. PDF
122 Sternai, P., Sue, C., Husson, L., Serpelloni, E., Becker, T. W., Willett, S., Faccenna, C., Di Giulio, A., Spada, G., Jolivet, L., Valla, P., Petit, C., Nocquet, J.-M., Walpersdorf, A., and Castelltort, S.: Present-day uplift of the European Alps: evaluating mechanisms and models of their relative contributions Earth-Sci. Rev., 190, 589-604, 2019. PDF
2018 121 Becker, T. W., Hashima, A., Freed, A. M., and Sato, H.: Stress change before and after the 2011 M9 Tohoku-oki earthquake. Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 504, 174-184, 2018. PDF
120 Behr, W. M. and Becker, T. W.: Sediment control on subduction plate speeds. Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 502, 166-173, 2018. PDF
119 Jackson, M.G., Becker, T. W., and Konter, J. G.: Geochemistry and distribution of recycled domains in the mantle inferred from Nd and Pb isotopes in oceanic hotspots: implications for storage in the large low shear wave velocity provinces (LLSVPs) G-Cubed, 19, 3496–3519, doi:10.1029/2018GC007552, 2018. PDF
118 Jolivet, L., Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Tesauro, M., Sternai, P., and Bouihol, P.: Mantle flow and deforming continents: From India-Asia convergence to Pacific subduction. Tectonics, 37, 2887-2914, doi:10.1029/2018TC005036, 2018. PDF
117 Holt, A. H., Royden, L. H., Becker, T. W., and Faccenna, F.: Slab interactions in 3-D subduction settings: The Philippine Sea Plate region. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 489, 72-83, 2018. PDF
116 Jackson, M. G., Becker, T. W., and Konter, J. G.: Evidence for a deep mantle source for EM and HIMU domains from integrated geochemical and geophysical constraints. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 484, 154-167, 2018. PDF
115 Faccenna, C., Holt, A. F., Becker, T. W., Lallemand, S., and Royden, L. H.: Dynamics of the Ryukyu/Izu-Bonin-Marianas double subduction system. Tectonophys., 746, 229-238, 2018. PDF
2017 114 Wagner, L., Jaramillo, J. S., Ramírez-Hoyos, L. F., Monsalve, G., Cardona, A. and Becker, T. W.: Transient slab flattening beneath Colombia. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 6616-6623, doi:10.1002/2017GL073981, 2017. PDF
113 Goebel, T. H. W., Kwiatek, G., Becker, T. W., Brodsky, E. E. and Dresen, G.: What allows seismic events to grow big?: Insights from b-value and fault roughness analysis in laboratory stick-slip experiments. Geology, 44, 815-818, 2017. PDF
112 Becker, T. W.: Superweak asthenosphere in light of upper-mantle seismic anisotropy, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 18, 1986-2003, doi:10.1002/2017GC006886, 2017. PDF
111 Sembroni, A., Kiraly, A., Faccenna, C., Funiciello, F., Becker, T. W., Globig, J., and Fernandez, M.: Impact of the lithosphere on dynamic topography: Insights from analogue modeling. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 2693-2702, doi:10.1002/2017GL072668, 2017. PDF
110 Jackson, M. G., Konter, J. G., and Becker, T. W.: Primordial helium entrained by the hottest mantle plumes. Nature, 542, 340-343, 2017. PDF
109 Holt, A. F., Royden, L. H., and Becker, T. W.: The dynamics of double slab subduction. Geophys. J. Int., 209, 250-265, 2017. PDF supp. mov.
108 Faccenna, C., Oncken, O., Holt, A. F., and Becker, T. W.: Initiation of the Andean orogeny by lower mantle subduction. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 463, 189-201, 2017. PDF
107 Holt, A. F. and Becker, T. W.: The effect of a power-law mantle viscosity on trench retreat rate. Geophys. J. Int., 208, 491-507, 2017. PDF
106 Freed, A. M., Hashima, A., Becker, T. W., Okaya, D. A., Sato, H., and Hatanaka. Y.: Resolving depth-dependent subduction zone viscosity and afterslip from postseismic displacements following the 2011 Tohoku-oki, Japan earthquake. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 459, 279-290, 2017. PDF
2016 105 Hashima, A., Becker, T. W., Freed, A. M., Sato, H., and Okaya, D. A.: Coseismic deformation due to the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake: influence of 3-D elastic structure around Japan. Earth, Planet., Space, 68, 159, doi:10.1186/s40623-016-0535-9, 2016. PDF
104 Schaeffer, A., Lebedev, S., and Becker, T. W.: Azimuthal seismic anisotropy in the Earth's upper mantle and the thickness of tectonic plates. Geophys. J. Int., 207, 901-933, 2016. PDF
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103 Steinberger, B. and Becker, T. W.: A comparison of lithospheric thickness models. Tectonophys., doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2016.08.001, 2016. PDF
102 Miller, M. S., O'Driscoll, L. J., Roosmawati, N., Harris, C. W., Porritt, R. W., Widiyantoro, S., de Costa, L. T., Soares, E., Becker, T. W., and West A. J.: Banda Arc Experiment - Transitions in the Banda Arc-Australian continental collision. Seismol. Res. Lett., 87, doi:10.1785/0220160124, 2016. PDF
101 Gvirtzman, Z., Faccenna, C., and Becker, T. W.: Isostasy, flexure, and dynamic topography. Tectonophys., 683, 255-271, 2016. PDF
100 Sternai, P., Avouac, J.-P., Jolivet, L., Faccenna, C., Gerya, T., Becker, T. W., and Menant, A.: Sub-crustal forcing on the tectonics and topography along the eastern Tibetan margin. J. Geodyn., 184-197, 2016. PDF
99 Sembroni, A., Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Molin, P., and Bekele, A.: Long-term, deep mantle support of the Ethiopia-Yemen plateau. Tectonics, 35, 469-488, doi:10.1002/2015TC004000, 2016. PDF
2015 98 Auer, L., Becker, T. W., Boschi, L., and Schmerr, N.: Thermal structure, radial anisotropy, and dynamics of oceanic boundary layers. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 9740-9749, doi:10.1002/2015GL066246, 2015. PDF
97 Uhl, J. T., Pathak, S., Schorlemmer, D., Liu, X., Swindeman, R., Brinkman, B. A. W., LeBlanc, M., Tsekenis, G., Friedman, N., R. Behringer, Denisov, D., Schall, P., Gu, X., Wright, W. J., Hufnagel, T., Jennings, A., Greer, J. R., Liaw, P. K., Becker, T. W., Dresen, G., and Dahmen, K. A.: Universal quake statistics: From compressed nanocrystals to earthquakes. Sci. Rep., 5, 16493, doi:10.1038/srep16493, 2015. PDF
96 Becker, T. W., Lowry, A. R., Faccenna, C., Schmandt, B., Borsa, A., and Yu, C.: Western U.S. intermountain seismicity caused by changes in upper mantle flow. Nature, 524, 458-461, 2015. PDF
95 Corsetti, F. A., K. A. Ritterbush, D. J. Bottjer, S. E. Greene, Y. Ibarra, J. A. Yager, A. J. West, W. M. Berelson, S. Rosas, T. W. Becker, N. M. Levine, S. J. Loyd, R. C. Martindale, V. A. Petryshyn, N. R. Carroll, E. Petsios, O. Piazza, C. Pietsch, J. L. Stellmann, J. R. Thompson, K. A. Washington, and D. T. Wilmeth: Investigating the paleoecological consequences of supercontinent breakup: Sponges clean up in the Early Jurassic. Sediment. Rec., 13, 4-10, doi:10.2110/sedred.2015.2, 2015. PDF
94 Holt, A. F., Buffett, B. A., and Becker, T. W.: Overriding plate thickness control on subducting plate curvature. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3802-3810, doi:10.1002/2015GL063834, 2015. PDF
93 Becker, T. W., Schaeffer, A. J., Lebedev, S., and Conrad, C. P.: Toward a generalized plate motion reference frame. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3188-3196, doi:10.1002/2015GL063695, 2015. PDF
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92 Jagoutz, O., Royden, L., Holt, A. F., and Becker, T. W.: Anomalously fast convergence between India and Eurasia caused by double subduction. Nature Geosc., 8, 475-478, doi:10.1038/ngeo2418, 2015. PDF
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91 Holt, A. F., Becker, T. W., and Buffett, B. A.: Trench migration and overriding plate stress in dynamic subduction models. Geophys. J. Int., 201, 172-192, 2015. PDF
2014 90 Porritt, R. W., Becker, T. W., and Monsalve, G.: Seismic anisotropy and slab dynamics from SKS splitting recorded in Colombia. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 8775-8783, doi:10.1002/2014GL061958, 2014. PDF
89 Sun, D., Miller, M. S., Holt, A. F., and Becker, T. W.: Hot upwelling conduit beneath the Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 8037-8044, doi:10.1002/2014GL061884, 2014. PDF
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88 Yarce, Y., Monsalve, G., Becker, T. W., Cardona, A., Poveda, E., Alvira, D., Ordoñez-Carmona, O.: Seismological observations in Northwestern South America: Evidence for two subduction segments, contrasting crustal thicknesses and upper mantle flow. Tectonophys., 637, 57-67, 2014. PDF
87 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Miller, M. S., Serpelloni, E., and Willett, S. D.: Isostasy, dynamic topography, and the elevation of the Apennines of Italy. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 407, 163-174, 2014. PDF
86 Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., Schaeffer, A. J., and Lebedev, S.: Origin of azimuthal seismic anisotropy in oceanic plates and mantle. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 401, 236-250, 2014. PDF
85 Schmandt, B., Jacobsen, S. D., Becker, T. W., Liu, Z., and Dueker, K. G.: Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle. Science, 334, 1265-1268, 2014. PDF
84 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Auer, L., Billi, A., Boschi, L., Brun, J.-P., Capitanio, F. A., Funiciello, F., Horvath, F., Jolivet, L., Piromallo, C., Royden, L., Rossetti, F., and Serpelloni, E.: Mantle dynamics in the Mediterranean. Rev. Geophys., 52, 283-332, doi:10.1002/2013RG000444, 2014. PDF
83 Miller, M. S. and Becker, T. W.: Reactivated lithospheric-scale discontinuities localize dynamic uplift of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains: Comment - Reply. Geology, 42, 338, 2014. PDF
82 Goebel, T. H. W., Becker, T. W., Sammis, C. G., Dresen. G., and Schorlemmer, D.: Off-fault damage and acoustic emission distributions during the evolution of structurally-complex faults over series of stick-slip events. Geophys. J. Int., 197, 1705-1718, 2014. PDF
81 Auer, L., Boschi , L., Becker, T. W., Nissen-Meyer, T. and Giardini, D.: Savani: a variable-resolution whole-mantle model of anisotropic shear-velocity variations based on multiple datasets. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 119, 3006-3034, doi:10.1002/2013JB010773, 2014. PDF
80 Becker, T. W., Faccenna, C., Humphreys, E. D., Lowry, A. R., and Miller, M. S.: Static and dynamic support of western U.S. topography. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 402, 234-246, 2014. PDF
79 Goebel, T. H. W., Candela, T., Sammis, C. G., Becker, T. W., Dresen, G., and Schorlemmer, D.: Seismic event distributions and off-fault damage during frictional sliding of saw-cut surfaces with predefined roughness. Geophys. J. Int., 196, 612-625, 2014. PDF
78 Miller, M. S. and Becker, T. W.: Reactivated lithospheric-scale discontinuities localize dynamic uplift of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Geology, 42, 35-38, 2014. PDF
2013 77 Goebel, T. H. W., Sammis, C. G., Becker, T. W., Dresen, G., and Schorlemmer, D.: A comparison of seismicity characteristics and fault structure between stick-slip experiments and nature. Pure Appl. Geophys., doi:10.1007/s00024-013-0713-7, 2013. PDF
76 Yamato, P., Husson, L., Becker, T. W., and Pedoja, K.: Passive margins getting squeezed in the mantle convection vice. Tectonics, 32, 1599-1570, doi:10.1002/2013TC003375, 2013. PDF
75 Alpert, L. A., Miller, M. S., Becker, T. W., and Allam, A. A.: Structure beneath the Alboran from geodynamic flow models and seismic anisotropy. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 118, 4265-4277, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50309, 2013. PDF
74 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Jolivet, L., and Keskin, M.: Mantle convection in the Middle East: Reconciling Afar upwelling, Arabia indentation and Aegean trench rollback. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 375, 254-269, 2013. PDF
73 Miller, M. S., Allam, A. A., Becker, T. W., Di Leo, J., and Wookey, J.: Constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the westernmost Mediterranean and northwestern Africa from shear wave splitting analysis. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 375, 234-243, 2013. PDF
72 Platt, J. P. and Becker, T. W.: Kinematics of rotating panels of E-W faults in the San Andreas system: what can we tell from geodesy? Geophys. J. Int., 194, 1295-1301, 2013. PDF
71 Goebel, T. H. W., Schorlemmer, D., Becker, T. W., Dresen, G., and Sammis, C. G.: Acoustic emissions document stress changes over many seismic cycles in stick-slip experiments. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2049-2054, doi:10.1002/grl.50507, 2013. PDF
70 Ghosh, A., Becker, T. W., and Humphreys, E. D.: Dynamics of the North American continent. Geophys. J. Int., 194, 651-669, 2013. PDF
69 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., and Husson, L.: Mountain building and mantle dynamics. Tectonics, 32, 80-93, doi:10.1029/2012TC003176, 2013. PDF
2012 68 Steinberger, B., Torsvik, T. H., and Becker, T. W.: Subduction to the lower mantle - a comparison between geodynamic and tomographic models. Solid Earth, 3, 415-432, 2012. PDF
67 Miller, M. S. and Becker, T. W.: Mantle flow deflected by interactions between subducted slabs and cratonic keels. Nature Geosc., 5, 726-730, 2012. PDF
66 Buffett, B. and Becker, T. W.: Bending stress and dissipation in subducted lithosphere. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 117, B05413, doi:10.1029/2012JB009205, 2012. PDF
65 Bailey, I. W., Alpert, L. A., Becker, T. W., and Miller, M. S.: Co-seismic deformation of deep slabs based on summed CMT data. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 117, B04404, doi:10.1029/2011JB008943, 2012. PDF
64 Gérault, M., Becker, T. W., Kaus, B. J. K., Faccenna, L., Moresi, L. N., and Husson, L.: The role of slabs and oceanic plate geometry for the net rotation of the lithosphere, trench motions, and slab return flow. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 13, Q04001, doi:10.1029/2011GC003934, 2012. PDF
63 Goebel, T. H. W., Becker, T. W., Schorlemmer, D., Stanchits, S., Sammis, C., Rybacki, E., and Dresen, G.: Identifying fault heterogeneity through mapping spatial anomalies in acoustic emission statistics. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 117, B03310, doi:10.1029/2011JB008763, 2012. PDF
62 Becker, T. W.: On recent seismic tomography for the western United States. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 13, Q01W10, doi:10.1029/2011GC003977, 2012. PDF
61 Konter, J. G. and Becker, T. W.: Shallow lithospheric contribution to mantle plumes revealed by integrating seismic and geochemical data. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 13, Q02004, doi:10.1029/2011GC003923, 2012. PDF
60 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Lallemand, S., and Steinberger, B.: On the role of slab pull in the Cenozoic motion of the Pacific. Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L03305, doi:10.1029/2011GL050155, 2012. PDF
59 Becker, T. W., Lebedev, S., and Long, M. D.: On the relationship between azimuthal anisotropy from shear wave splitting and surface wave tomography. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 117, B01306, doi:10.1029/2011JB008705, 2012. PDF
2011 58 Schaefer, J. F., Boschi, L., Becker, T. W. and Kissling, E.: Radial anisotropy in the European mantle: Tomographic studies explored in terms of mantle flow. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L23304, doi:10.1029/2011GL049687, 2011. PDF
57 Boschi, L. and Becker, T. W.: Vertical coherence in mantle heterogeneity from global seismic data. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L20306, doi:10.1029/2011GL049281, 2011. PDF
56 Becker, T. W. and Faccenna, C.: Mantle conveyor beneath the Tethyan collisional belt. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 310, 453-461, 2011. PDF
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55 Becker, T. W. and Kawakatsu, H.: On the role of anisotropic viscosity for plate-scale flow. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L17307, doi:10.1029/2011GL048584, 2011. PDF
54 Becker, T. W.: Seismic anisotropy. In Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, Gupta, H. (Ed.), doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-8702-7_51, p. 1070-1081, Springer, 2011. PDF
2010 53 Alpert, L. A., Becker, T. W., and Bailey, I. W.: Global slab deformation and centroid moment tensor constraints on viscosity. Geochem., Geophys. Geosys., 11, Q12006, doi:10.1029/2010GC003301, 2010. PDF
52 Boschi, L., Faccenna, C., and Becker, T. W.: Mantle structure and dynamic topography in the Mediterranean Basin. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L20303, doi:10.1029/2010GL045001, 2010. PDF
51 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Lallemand, S., Lagabrielle, Y., Funiciello, F., and Piromallo, C.: Subduction-triggered magmatic pulses. A new class of plumes?. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 209, 54-68, 2010. PDF
50 Bull, A. L., McNamara, A. K., Becker, T. W., and Ritsema, J.: Global scale models of the mantle flow field predicted by synthetic tomography models. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 182, 129-138, 2010. PDF
49 Bailey, I. W., Ben-Zion, Y., Becker, T. W., and Holschneider, M.: Quantifying focal mechanism heterogeneity for fault zones in central and southern California. Geophys. J. Int., 183, 433-450, 2010. PDF
48 Becker, T. W.: Fine-scale modeling of global plate tectonics. Science, 329, 1020-1021, 2010. PDF
47 Long, M. D. and Becker, T. W.: Mantle dynamics and seismic anisotropy. Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 297, Frontiers, 341-354, 2010. PDF
46 Platt, J. P. and Becker, T. W.: Where is the real transform boundary in California? Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 11, Q06013, doi:10.1029/2010GC003060, 2010. PDF
45 Faccenna, C. and Becker, T. W.: Shaping mobile belts by small-scale convection. Nature, 465, 602-605, 2010. PDF
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44 Ghosh, A., Becker, T. W., and Zhong, S.: Effects of lateral viscosity variations on the geoid. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L01301, doi:10.1029/2009GL040426, 2010. PDF
2009 43 Foley, B. and Becker, T. W.: Generation of plate-like behavior and mantle heterogeneity from a spherical, visco-plastic convection model. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 10, Q08001, doi:10.1029/2009GC002378, 2009. PDF
42 Kaus, B, Liu, Y., Becker, T. W., Yuen, D., and Shi, Y.: Lithospheric stress-states predicted from long-term tectonic models: influence of rheology and possible application to Taiwan. J. Asian Earth Sci., 36, 119-134, 2009. PDF
41 Castelnau, O., Blackman, D. K. and Becker, T. W.: Numerical simulations of texture development and associated rheological anisotropy in regions of complex mantle flow. Geophys. Res. Lett, 36, L12304, doi:10.1029/2009GL038027, 2009. PDF
40 Bailey, I. W., Becker, T. W., and Ben-Zion, Y.: Patterns of co-seismic strain computed from southern California focal mechanisms. Geophys. J. Int., 177, 1015-1036, 2009. PDF
39 Becker, T. W. and Faccenna, C.: A review of the role of subduction dynamics for regional and global plate motions. In: Subduction Zone Geodynamics, Lallemand, S. and Funiciello, F. (eds), Springer, p. 3-34, 2009. PDF
38 Qin, Y., Capdeville, Y., Montagner, J.-P., Boschi, L., and Becker, T. W.: Reliability of mantle tomography models assessed by spectral-element simulation. Geophys. J. Int., 177, 125-144, 2009. PDF
37 Milner, K., Becker, T. W., Boschi, L., Sain, J., Schorlemmer, D. and H. Waterhouse: The Solid Earth Research and Teaching Environment: a new software framework to share research tools in the classroom and across disciplines. EOS Trans. AGU, 90, 12, 2009. PDF
36 Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., Buffett, B. and Müller, R. D.: Past and present seafloor age distributions and the temporal evolution of plate tectonic heat transport. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 278, 233-242, 2009. PDF
200835 Kaus B. J. P. and Becker T. W.: A numerical study on the effects of surface boundary conditions and rheology on slab dynamics. Bolletino di Geofisica, 49(2), 177-182, 2008. PDF
34 Kaus, B. J. P., Steedman, C., and Becker, T. W.: From passive continental margin to mountain belt: insights from analytical and numerical models and application to Taiwan. Physics Earth Planet. Int., 171, 235-251, 2008. PDF
33 Platt, J. P., Kaus, B. J. P. and Becker, T. W.: The San Andreas Transform system and the tectonics of California: An alternative approach. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 274, 380-391, 2008. PDF
32 Faccenna, C., Rossetti, F., Becker, T. W., Danesi, S., and Morelli, A: Recent extension driven by mantle upwelling at craton edge beneath the Admirality Mountains (Ross Sea, East Antarctica). Tectonics, 27, TC4015, doi:10.1029/2007TC002197, 2008. PDF
31 Funiciello, F., Faccenna, C., Heuret, A., Di Giuseppe, E., Lallemand, S., and Becker, T. W.: Trench migration, net rotation and slab-mantle coupling. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 271, 233-240, 2008. PDF
30 Boschi, L., Becker, T. W., and Steinberger, B.: On the statistical significance of correlations between synthetic mantle plumes and tomographic models. Physics Earth Planet. Int., 167, 230-238, 2008. PDF
29 Becker, T. W.: Azimuthal seismic anisotropy constrains net rotation of the lithosphere. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L05303, doi:10.1029/2007GL032928, 2008. (Correction: 2008GL033946) PDF
28 Becker, T. W., Kustowski, B., Ekström, G.: Radial seismic anisotropy as a constraint for upper mantle rheology. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 267, 213-237, 2008. PDF model
2007 27 Boschi, L., Becker, T. W., and Steinberger, B.: Mantle plumes: Dynamic models and seismic images, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8, Q10006, doi:10.1029/2007GC001733, 2007. PDF
26 Becker, T. W., Ekström, G., Boschi, L., and Woodhouse, J.: Length scales, patterns, and origin of azimuthal seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle as mapped by Rayleigh waves. Geophys. J. Int., 171, 451-462, 2007. PDF
25 Loyd, S. J., Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., and Corsetti, F. A.: Time-variability in Cenozoic reconstructions of mantle heat flow: plate tectonic cycles and implications for Earth's thermal evolution. Proceed. Nat. Acad. Sci., 104, 14266-14271, 2007. PDF
24 Becker, T. W., Browaeys, J. T., and Jordan, T. H.: Stochastic analysis of shear wave splitting length scales. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 259, 526-540, 2007. PDF
23 Faccenna, C., Heuret, A., Funiciello, F., Lallemand, S., and Becker, T. W.: Predicting trench and plate motion from the dynamics of a strong slab. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 257, 29-36, 2007. PDF
22 Kaus, B. J. P. and Becker, T. W.: Effects of elasticity on the Rayleigh-Taylor instability: implications for large-scale geodynamics. Geophys. J. Int., 168, 843-862, 2007. PDF
2006 21 Montesi, L. G. J., di Toro, G., Simons, F. J., Akber-Knudson, S., Becker, T. W., Billen, M., Deschamps, A., and Kellogg, J. B.: Young scientists focus on the dynamics of the lithosphere, EOS Trans. AGU, 87(44), 482, 2006. PDF
20 Becker, T. W.: On the effect of temperature and strain-rate dependent viscosity on global mantle flow, net rotation, and driving forces. Geophys. J. Int., 167, 943-957, 2006. PDF
19 Becker, T. W., Chevrot, S., Schulte-Pelkum, V., and Blackman, D. K.: Statistical properties of seismic anisotropy predicted by upper mantle geodynamic models. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 111, B08309, doi:10.1029/2005JB004095, 2006. PDF
18 Becker, T. W., Schulte-Pelkum, V., Blackman, D. K., Kellogg, J. B., and O'Connell, R. J.: Mantle flow under the western United States from shear wave splitting, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 247, 235-251, 2006. PDF
17 Piromallo, C., Becker, T. W., Funiciello, F., and Faccenna, C.: Three-dimensional instantaneous mantle flow induced by subduction, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L08304, doi:10.1029/2005GL025390, 2006. PDF
16 Boschi, L., T. W. Becker, G. Soldati, and A M. Dziewonski, On the relevance of Born theory in global seismic tomography, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L06302, doi:10.1029/2005GL025063, 2006. PDF
2005 15 Simons, F. J., Becker, T. W., Kellogg, J. B., Billen, M., Hardebeck, J., Lee, C.-T., Montési, L. G. J., Panero, W. and Zhong, S.: MYRES: A Program to Unite Young Solid Earth Researchers, EOS Trans. AGU, 86(5), 48, 2005. PDF
14 Enns, A., Becker, T. W., and Schmeling, H.: The dynamics of subduction and trench migration for viscosity stratification. Geophys. J. Int., 160, 761-775, 2005. PDF
13 Becker, T. W., Hardebeck, J. L., and Anderson, G.: Constraints on fault slip rates of the southern California plate boundary from GPS velocity and stress inversions. Geophys. J. Int., 160, 634-650, 2005. PDF
2004 12 Simons, F. J., Becker, T. W., Kellogg, J. B., Billen, M., Hardebeck, J., Lee, C.-T., Montési, L. G. J., Panero, W. and Zhong, S.: Young Solid Earth Researchers of the World Unite! EOS Trans. AGU, 85(16), 160, 2004. PDF
2003 11 Becker, T. W., Kellogg, J. B., Ekström, G., and O'Connell, R. J.: Comparison of azimuthal seismic anisotropy from surface waves and finite-strain from global mantle-circulation models, Geophys. J. Int., 155, 696-714, 2003. PDF
2002 10 Felzer, K. R., Becker, T. W., Abercrombie, R. E., Ekström, G., and Rice, J. R.: Triggering of 1999 Mw 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake by aftershocks of the 1992 Landers earthquake, J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 107, 2190, 2002. PDF
9 Becker, T. W. and Boschi, L.: A comparison of tomographic and geodynamic mantle models, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 3(1), 1003, doi:10.1029/2001GC000168, 2002. PDF
2001 8 Becker, T. W. and O'Connell, R. J.: Predicting plate velocities with mantle circulation models, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 2(12), 1060, doi:10.1029/2001GC000171, 2001. PDF
7 Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Lucente, F. P., Jolivet, L. and Rossetti, F.: History of Subduction and Back-arc Extension in the Central Mediterranean, Geophys. J. Int., 145, 809, 2001. PDF
2000 6 Becker, T. W.: Deterministic Chaos in two State-variable Friction Sliders and the Effect of Elastic Interactions. In GeoComplexity and the Physics of Earthquakes, edited by J. B. Rundle, D. L. Turcotte, and W. Klein, p. 5-26, American Geophysical Union, Washington D. C., 2000. PDF
1999 5 Becker, T. W., Kellogg, J. B., and O'Connell, R. J.: Thermal constraints on the survival of primitive blobs in the lower mantle. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 171, 351-365, 1999. PDF
4 Becker, T. W., Faccenna, C., O'Connell, R. J., and Giardini, D.: The development of slabs in the upper mantle: insights from experimental and laboratory experiments. J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 104, 15,207-15,226, 1999. PDF
1998 3 Becker, T. W. and Braun, A.: New program maps geoscientific datasets interactively. EOS Transactions AGU, 79 (42), 505-506, 1998. PDF
2 Becker, T. W. and Schmeling, H.: Earthquake recurrence time variations with and without fault zone interactions. Geophys. J. Int., 135, 165-176, 1998. PDF
1 Dahm, T. and Becker, T.: On the elastic and viscous properties of media containing strongly interacting in-plane cracks. Pure Appl. Geophys., 151, 1-16, 1998. PDF

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