THORSTEN W. BECKER
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles

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  • Study on mantle convection cause of intraplate seismicity published in Nature (08/2015)

    • Becker, T. W., Lowry, A. R., Faccenna, C., Schmandt, B., Borsa, A., and Yu, C. (2015): Western U.S. intermountain seismicity caused by changes in upper mantle flow. Nature, 524, 458-461. (PDF)
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  • Adam Holt wins Outstanding Student Poster at EGU (05/2015)

    Adam Holt has won the European Geosciences Union's Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award for Tectonophysics and Geodynamics in 2015 for his presentation
    • Overriding plate thickness control on subducting slab curvature by Adam Holt et al., EGU2015-8011
    at the 2015 EGU General Assembly in Vienna. The related research is now published in:
    • Holt, A. F., Buffett, B. A., and Becker, T. W.: Overriding plate thickness control on subducting plate curvature. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL063834, 2015. (PDF)
  • Double subduction study published (05/2015)

    We show that two subduction zones, active at the same time, may explain the anomalously fast motion of the Indian plate in the past.
  • Updated PBO GPS velocity solution plots (12/2014)

    PBO/EarthScope provides crustal GPS velocities which are now plotted from 2006 - 2014 in a consistent reference frame. See the visuals page.

  • Presentation on Topography in the Mediterranean mobile belt (09/2014)


    Keynote at the TopoEurope meeting in Barcelona, September 2014, summarizing some of the findings from:
    • Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Miller, M. S., Serpelloni, E., Willett, S. D.: Isostasy, dynamic topography, and the elevation of the Apennines of Italy. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 407, 163-174, 2014. (PDF)
    • 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)
    • 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, doi:10.1002/2013RG000444, 283--332, 2014. (PDF)
  • Science paper by Schmandt et al. on dehydration melting below 660 published (06/2014)

    We show how receiver functions imaging, laboratory experiments, and geodynamical modeling can be combined to show that there is likely a zone of downwelling underneath the western US which induced melting underneath a high volatile content transition zone. (PDF).
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  • Banda Arc project Fieldwork blog (03/2014)

    Banda Arc project lead post-doc Leland O'Driscoll has started reporting from field work in East Timor at bandaarc.blogspot.com, check it out!
  • Two most recent publications (see all publications)

    peer-reviewed contributions
    95 Becker, T. W., Lowry, A. R., Faccenna, C., Schmandt, B., Borsa, A., and Yu, C. (2015): Western U.S. intermountain seismicity caused by changes in upper mantle flow. Nature, 524, 458-461. PDF
    94 Holt, A. F., Buffett, B. A., and Becker, T. W.: Overriding plate thickness control on subducting plate curvature. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL063834, 3802-3810, 2015. PDF

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