Richard Becker was born in Maine and raised in an average-sized town with one flashing light and two farm tractor dealerships. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2003 with a BA in History and a BS in Geological Sciences. After finishing a MS thesis in 2005 at UW-Madison on the age of a glacial landform in Patagonia, he worked for the National Park Service in Alaska (four summers) and taught geography at UW-Platteville (two academic years). Since 2010, he has been a PhD student in the Geoscience Department, investigating the importance of pre-existing fractures to rates of landscape evolution. His advisor is Dr. Basil Tikoff. In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time in the outdoors.
Richard is the TA for ILS 252.