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 (IAPS-INAF, Rome, Italy)
    • Geological mapping of Mercury
    • BepiColombo Monitoring Camera
  • Sebastien Besse (ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain), Emma Caminiti (LESIA - Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France), Auriol Rae (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
    • Caloris basin and origin of Mercury's hollow-forming materials
  • Claudia Pöhler, Carolyn van der Bogert, Harald Hiesinger (Universität Münster, Institut für Planetologie, Münster, Germany)
    • Geological mapping of the South Pole-Aitken Basin, the Moon


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Fawdon, P., Orgel, C., Adeli, S., Balme, M., Calef, F. J., Davis, J. M., Frigeri, A., Grindrod, P., Hauber, E., Le Deit, L., Loizeau, D., Nass, A., Quantin-Nataf, C., Sefton-Nash, E., Thomas, N., Torres, I., Vago, J. L., Volat, M., De Witte, S., Altieri, F., Apuzzo, A., Aramendia, J., Arana, G., Bahia, R. S., Banham, S. G., Barnes, R., Barrett, A. M., Benedix, W.-S., Bhardwaj, A., Boazman, S. J., Bontognali, T. R. R., Bridges, J., Bultel, B., Ciarletti, V., De Sanctis, M. C., Dickeson, Z., Favaro, E. A., Ferrari, M., Foucher, F., Goetz, W., Haldemann, A. F. C., Harrington, E., Kapatza, A., Koschny, D., Krzesinska, A. M., Le Gall, A., Lewis, S. R., Lim, T., Madariaga, J. M., Man, B. J., Mandon, L., Mangold, N., Martin-Torres, J., McNeil, J. D., Molina, A., Moral, A. G., Motaghian, S., Nikiforov, S., Oudart, N., Pacifici, A., Parkes Bowen, A., Plettemeier, D., Poulakis, P., Putri, A. R. D., Ruesch, O., Sam, L., Schröder, C., Statz, C., Thomas, R., Tirsch, D., Toth, Z., Turner, S., Voelker, M., Werner, S. C., Westall, F., Whiteside, B. J., Williams, A., Williams, R. M. E., Wright, J., & Zorzano, M.-P. (2024) The high-resolution map of Oxia Planum, Mars; the landing site of the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission, Journal of Maps, 20:1. https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2024.2302361

Wright, J., Zambon, F., Carli, C., Altieri, F., Pöhler, C. M., Rothery, D. A., ... & Conway, S. J. (2024). A geostratigraphic map of the Rachmaninoff basin area: Integrating morphostratigraphic and spectral units on Mercury. Earth and Space Science11(2), e2023EA003258. https://doi.org/10.1029/2023EA003258

Canale, M., Wright, J., & Rothery, D. A. (2024). A hybrid geological map of Sibelius crater on Mercury, and its associated ejecta and impact melt deposits. Geological Society, London, Special Publications541(1), SP541-2022. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP541-2022-296

Barrett, A. M., Fawdon, P., Favaro, E. A., Balme, M. R., Wright, J., Woods, M. J., Karachalios, S., Bohacek, E., Gerdes, L., Sefton-Nash, E., & Joudrier, L. (2023) Mawrth Vallis, Mars, classified using the NOAH-H deep-learning terrain classification system, Journal of Maps, 19:1. https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2023.2285480

Man, B., Rothery, D. A., Balme, M. R., Conway, S. J., Wright, J., Pegg, D. L., Lennox, A. R., & Buoninfante, S. (2023) Geology of the Neruda quadrangle (H13), Mercury, Journal of Maps, 19:1. https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2023.2256353

Man, B., Rothery, D. A., Balme, M. R., Conway, S. J., & Wright, J. (2023) Widespread small grabens consistent with recent tectonism on Mercury. Nature Geosciencehttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-023-01281-5

Caminiti, E., Doressoundiram, A., Besse, S., & Wright, J. (2023). A spectral study of the Caloris basin on Mercury and the origin of associated volcanic smooth plains. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, e2022JE007685. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JE007685

Malliband, C. C., Rothery, D. A., Balme, M. R., Conway, S. J., Pegg, D. L., & Wright, J. (2022). Geology of the Derain quadrangle (H10), Mercury. Journal of Mapshttps://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2022.2112774

Barrett, A. M., Wright, J., Favaro, E. A., Fawdon, P., Balme, M. R., Woods, M. J., Karachalios, S., Bohacek, E., Sefton-Nash, E., & Joudrier, L. (2022). Oxia Planum, Mars, classified using the NOAH-H deep-learning terrain classification system. Journal of Maps. https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2022.2112777

Wright, J., Barrett, A. M., Fawdon, P., Favaro, E. A., Balme, M. R., Wood, M. J., & Karachalios, S. (2022). Jezero crater, Mars: application of the deep learning NOAH-H terrain classification system. Journal of Mapshttps://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2022.2095935

Zambon, F., Carli, C., Wright, J., Rothery, D. A., Altieri, F., Massironi, M., Capaccioni, F., & Cremonese, G. (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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