Keir Becker

Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics


Ph.D., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1981.

Research Interests

Heat flow and hydrothermal circulation in the oceanic crust; permeability and porosity of oceanic crust; borehole hydrogeological observatories.

Courses Taught

  • Hydrogeology of the Oceanic Crust, MGG 683
  • Geophysics, MGG 514

Recent Publications

2004 Becker, K., Davis, E.E., Spiess, F.N., and de Moustier, C.P., Temperature and video logs from the upper oceanic crust, Holes 504B and 896A, Costa Rica Rift: implications for the permeability of upper oceanic crust, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 222: 881-896.

2004 Davis, E.E., Becker, K., and He, J., Costa Rica Rift revisited: constraints on shallow and deep hydrothermal circulation in young oceanic crust, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 222: 863-879.

2004 Becker, K., and Davis, E.E., In situ determinations of the permeability of the igneous oceanic crust, Hydrogeology of the Oceanic Lithosphere, Cambridge University Press, 189-224.

2004 Davis, E., Becker, K., Dziak, R., Cassidy, J., Wang, K., and Lilley, M., Hydrological response to a seafloor spreading episode on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, Nature, 430: 335-338.

2003 Becker, K., Marine geological and geophysical roots of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, Oceanography, 16(4): 6- 11.

2003 Becker, K., and Davis, E.E., New evidence for age variation and scale effects of permeabilities of young oceanic crust from borehole thermal and pressure measurements, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 210: 499- 508.

2002 Davis, E.E., and Becker, K., Observations of natural-state fluid pressures and temperatures in young oceanic crust and inferences regarding hydrothermal circulation, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 204: 231-248.

Recent Committees

2001-2004 Chairman, JOIDES (ODP) Science and Operations Committees
2004-2005 Vice-chairman, IODP Science Planning Committee


Prof. Keir Becker
of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Telephone: (305) 421-4661

Last Revised: 6 December 2004