Thorsten Becker - Selected Publications#

Jackson, M. G., Becker, T. W., and Steinberger, B. (2021): Spatial characteristics of recycled and primordial reservoirs in the deep mantle. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 22.

Lau, N., Borsa, A. A. and Becker, T. W. (2020): Present-day crustal vertical velocity field for the Contiguous United States. J. Geophys. Res., 125.

Fuchs, L. and Becker, T. W. (2020): Deformation memory in the lithosphere: A comparison of damage-dependent weakening and grain-size sensitive rheologies J. Geophys. Res., 126.

Becker, T. W., Hashima, A., Freed, A. M., and Sato, H. (2018): Stress change before and after the 2011 M9 Tohoku-oki earthquake. Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 504, 174–184.

Behr, W. M. and Becker, T. W. (2018): Sediment control on subduction plate speeds. Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 502, 166–173.

Goebel, T. H. W., Kwiatek, G., Becker, T. W., Brodsky, E. E. and Dresen, G. (2017): What allows seismic events to grow big?: Insights from b-value and fault roughness analysis in laboratory stick-slip experiments. Geology, 44, 815–818.

Becker, T.W. (2017): Super-weak asthenosphere in light of upper-mantle seismic anisotropy, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 18, 1986–2003.

Jackson, M. G., Konter, J. G., and Becker, T. W. (2017): Primordial helium entrained by the hottest mantle plumes. Nature, 542, 340–343.

Freed, A. M., Hashima, A., Becker, T. W., Okaya, D. A., Sato, H., and Hatanaka. Y. (2017): Resolving depth-dependent subduction zone viscosity and afterslip from postseismic displacements following the 2011 Tohoku-oki, Japan earthquake. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 459.

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.

Becker, T. W., Schaeffer, A. J., Lebedev, S., and Conrad, C. P. (2015): Toward a generalized plate motion reference frame. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3188–3196.

Holt, A. F., Buffett, B. A., and Becker, T. W. (2015): Overriding plate thickness control on subducting plate curvature. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3802–3810.

Jagoutz, O., Royden, L., Holt, A. F., and Becker, T. W. (2015): Anomalously fast convergence between India and Eurasia caused by double subduction. Nature Geosc., 8, 475–478.

Becker, T. W., Faccenna, C., Humphreys, E. D., Lowry, A. R., and Miller, M. S. (2014): Static and dynamic support of western U.S. topography. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 402, 234–246.

Schmandt, B., Jacobsen, S. D., Becker, T. W., Liu, Z., and Dueker, K. G. (2014): Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle. Science, 334, 1265–1268.

Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., Schaeffer, A. J., and Lebedev, S. (2014): Origin of azimuthal seismic anisotropy in oceanic plates and mantle. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 401, 236–250.

Miller, M. S. and Becker, T. W. (2014): Reactivated lithospheric-scale discontinuities localize dynamic uplift of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Geology, 42, 35–38, 2014.

Goebel, T. H. W., Schorlemmer, D., Becker, T. W., Dresen, G., and Sammis, C. G. (2013): Acoustic emissions document stress changes over many seismic cycles in stick-slip experiments. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2049–2054.

Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., and Husson, L. (2013): Mountain building and mantle dynamics. Tectonics, 32, 80–93.

Miller, M. S. and Becker, T. W. (2012): Mantle flow deflected by interactions between subducted slabs and cratonic keels. Nature Geosc., 5, 726–730.

Becker, T. W. and Faccenna, C. (2011): Mantle conveyor beneath the Tethyan collisional belt. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 310, 454–461.

Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Lallemand, S., Lagabrielle, Y., Funiciello, F., and Piromallo, C. (2010): Subduction-triggered magmatic pulses. A new class of plumes? Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 209, 54–68.

Faccenna, C. and Becker, T. W. (2010): Shaping mobile belts by small-scale convection. Nature, 465, 602–605.

Foley, B. and Becker, T.W. (2009): Generation of plate-like behavior and mantle heterogeneity from a spherical, visco-plastic convection model. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 10, Q08001.

Becker, T.W., Conrad, C. P., Buffett, B. andM¨ uller, R. D. (2009): Past and present seafloor age distributions and the temporal evolution of plate tectonic heat transport. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 278, 233–242.

Becker, T.W. (2008): Azimuthal seismic anisotropy constrains net rotation of the lithosphere. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L05303. (5 p.)

Becker, T. W., Kustowski, B., Ekström, G. (2008): Radial seismic anisotropy as a constraint for upper mantle rheology. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 267, 213–227.

Boschi, L., Becker, T. W., and Steinberger, B. (2007): Mantle plumes: dynamic models and seismic images. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8, Q10006.

Loyd, S. J., Becker, T. W., Conrad, C. P., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., and Corsetti, F. A. (2007): 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.

Becker, T. W. (2006): On the effect of temperature and strain-rate dependent viscosity on global mantle flow, net rotation, and plate-driving forces. Geophys. J. Int., 167, 943–957.

Becker, T.W., Hardebeck, J. L., and Anderson, G. (2005): Constraints on fault slip rates of the southern California plate boundary from GPS velocity and stress inversions. Geophys. J. Int., 160, 634–650.

Becker, T. W., Kellogg, J. B., Ekström, G., and O’Connell, R. J. (2003): Comparison of azimuthal seismic anisotropy from surface waves and finite-strain from global mantle-circulation models, Geophys. J. Int., 155, 696–714.

Becker, T.W. and Boschi, L.: A comparison of tomographic and geodynamic mantle models, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 3, 1003, 2002.

Becker, T. W. and O’Connell, R. J. (2001): Predicting plate velocities with mantle circulation models, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., 2(12), 1060.

Becker, T. W., Kellogg, J. B., and O’Connell, R. J. (1999): Thermal constraints on the survival of primitive blobs in the lower mantle. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 171, 351–365.

Becker, T. W., Faccenna, C., O’Connell, R. J., and Giardini, D. (1999): The development of slabs in the upper mantle: insights from experimental and laboratory experiments. J. Geophys. Res., 104, 15,207–15,226.

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