Research in the BRG focuses on the rapidly deforming zones that define Earth’s tectonic plate boundaries and generate many of the planet’s geohazards. We are interested in the rates and directions in which faults and shear zones move; their geometries, widths and mechanical behaviors at depth; and the processes that shape them over geologic time.  To address these topics, we employ a range of tools and techniques that include field observations, analytical measurements, laboratory experiments, and numerical models. We frequently forge collaborations and synthesize datasets that cross disciplines, including structural geology, tectonic geomorphology, experimental rock mechanics, and geodynamics. To find out more about some of our active projects, check out our Research page.


The Behr Research Group is moving in July, 2018, to the Geological Institute in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH-Zürich, Switzerland.  Please see below for open post-doctoral research and teaching positions:

Senior Scientist/ Postdoc in Structural Geology & Tectonics

2 Postdoctoral Positions in Structural Geology & Tectonics     


BRG Mailing Address:  Dept. of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2275 Speedway Stop C9000, Austin TX, 78712-1722

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