Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Thorsten Becker

Thorsten  Becker
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Shell Companies Foundation Distinguished Chair in Geophysics

Email: twb@ig.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 0410, +1 512 232 1885
Office: ROC 2.116D
Mailcode: R2200

Thorsten Becker is a geophysicist with main research interests in geodynamics and seismology. He holds the Shell Foundation Distinguished Chair in Geophysics at the Jackson School of Geosciences of UT Austin where he has appointments at the Institute for Geophysics and the Department of Geological Sciences. Becker studies the inner workings of terrestrial planets and how their mantle and surface systems have co-evolved over time. He has (co)authored more than 115 publications, combining field, laboratory, and numerical approaches into dynamical models, focusing on the physics of plate tectonics, from grain-scale deformation to plate-scale flow. He holds an M.Sc. in Physics from Frankfurt University, a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Harvard University, was a Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Postdoctoral Scholar at Scripps, UCSD, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Areas of Expertise

mantle dynamics; fault system dynamics; structural seismology; numerical modeling


Fellow - American Geophysical Union (2015)

Astor Visiting Fellowship - Oxford University (2014)

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award - Humboldt Foundation (2013)

C. F. Gauss lecturer - German Geophysical Society (2008)

Kavli fellow - National Academy of Sciences (2007)

Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Scholarship - Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego (2002)

Certificate of Excellence in Teaching - Harvard University (2001)

CAREER Award - National Science Foundation - 2007)

Graduate Students

Simone Puel (Supervisor)


YearSemesterCourse
2018Spring GEO 302P Sustaining A Planet
2018Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Fall GEO 371T Geodynamics
2017Fall GEO 391 Geodynamics
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 303 Introduction To Geology
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences