Jack Wright

Research Fellow


Main Research Fields

  • Volcanic history of Mercury
  • Volatile-driven processes on Mercury
  • Making novel planetary maps
  • AI-generated terrain classifications of Mars


  • Mercury, Mars, the Moon
  • Volcanism
  • Geology
  • Volatiles
  • Planetary cartography

Ongoing collaborations

  • David Rothery, Benjamin Man, Annie Lennox, Alistair Blance (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
    • Geology of Mercury
  • Valentina Galluzzi, Francesca Zambon (IAPS-INAF, Rome, Italy)
    • Geological mapping of Mercury
    • Integrating geomorphic and spectral data on Mercury
  • Sebastien Besse (ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain)
    • Geology of Mercury
    • Spectroscopy of Mercury
    • BepiColombo
  • Claudia Pöhler, Carolyn van der Bogert, Harald Hiesinger (WWU Münster, Institut für Planetologie, Münster, Germany)
    • Geological mapping of the South Pole-Aitken Basin, the Moon
  • Lon Hood (Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA)
    • Relationship between crustal magnetic anomalies and geology on Mercury


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Zambon, F., Carli, C., Wright, J., Rothery, D. A., Altieri, F., Massironi, M., et al. (2022). Spectral units analysis of quadrangle H05-Hokusai on Mercury. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 127, e2021JE006918. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JE006918

Wright, J., Byrne, P. K., & Rothery, D. A. (2021). Planet Mercury: Volcanism in a theatre of global contraction, with examples from the Hokusai quadrangle. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 107300. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2021.107300

Galluzzi, V., Oliveira, J. S., Wright, J., Rothery, D. A., & Hood, L. L. (2021). Asymmetric magnetic anomalies over young impact craters on Mercury. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091767. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL091767

Rothery, D. A., Barraud, O., Besse, S., Carli, C., Pegg, D. L., Wright, J., & Zambon, F. (2021). On the asymmetry of Nathair Facula, Mercury. Icarus355, 114180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114180

Wright, J., Conway, S. J., Morino, C., Rothery, D. A., Balme, M. R., & Fassett, C. I. (2020). Modification of Caloris ejecta blocks by long-lived mass-wasting: A volatile-driven process?. Earth and Planetary Science Letters549, 116519. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116519

Rothery, D. A., Massironi, M., Alemanno, G., Barraud, O., Besse, S., Bott, N., ... Wright, J., Wurz, P., & Zambon, F. (2020). Rationale for BepiColombo studies of Mercury’s surface and composition. Space science reviews216, 1-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-020-00694-7

Balme, M. R., Curtis-Rouse, M. C., Banham, S., Barnes, D., Barnes, R., Bauer, A., ... Wright, J., & Yeomans, B. (2019). The 2016 UK Space Agency Mars Utah Rover Field Investigation (MURFI). Planetary and Space Science, 165, 31-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2018.12.003

Wright, J., Rothery, D. A., Balme, M. R., & Conway, S. J. (2019). Geology of the Hokusai quadrangle (H05), Mercury. Journal of Maps15(2), 509-520. https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2019.1625821

Brož, P., Čadek, O., Wright, J., & Rothery, D. A. (2018). The apparent absence of kilometer‐sized pyroclastic volcanoes on Mercury: Are we looking right?. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(22), 12-171. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL079902

Wright, J., Rothery, D. A., Balme, M. R., & Conway, S. J. (2018). Constructional volcanic edifices on Mercury: Candidates and hypotheses of formation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets123(4), 952-971. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JE005450

Rothery, D. A., Mancinelli, P., Guzzetta, L., & Wright, J. (2017). Mercury's Caloris basin: Continuity between the interior and exterior plains. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 122(3), 560-576. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JE005282

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