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Professor David Rothery

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Planetary Geosciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Department of Physical Sciences
  • Planetary & Space Sciences
  • david.rothery

Professional biography

In November 2013 I became Professor of Planetary Geosciences.  I was a Senior Lecturer in the Open University Department of Earth Sciences since 1994 (transferring to the Planetary & Space Sciences Division of the new Dept of Physical Sciences in August 2011), and before that was a Lecturer here. During 1999-2004 I was Director of Teaching and Geosciences Programme Director. I have also been Leader of the IAVCEI Commission on Remote Sensing, and in 2005 I was appointed to the PPARC Solar System Advisory Panel and the BepiColombo Oversight Committee.

In May 2006 I was appointed UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), which is the only UK Principal Investigator instrument on BepiColombo, the European Space Agency mission to Mercury to be launched in 2014. I chair ESA's Mercury Surface and Composition Working Group.

My research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.

Research interests

Characterizing planetary surfaces, remote sensing of volcanic activity

I am UK Lead Co-Investigator on the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer, and co-chair of ESA's Mercury Surface & Composition working group.

Teaching interests

Planetary science, volcanology, general geology

Publications

A cone on Mercury: analysis of a residual central peak encircled by an explosive volcanic vent (2015-04)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Lucchetti, Alice; Cremonese, Gabriele; Rothery, David A.; Massironi, Matteo; Re, Cristina; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Planetary And Space Science, 108 (pp. 108-116)
Mechanisms of explosive volcanism on Mercury: implications from its global distribution and morphology (2014-10)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 119(10) (pp. 2239-2254)
Long-lived explosive volcanism on Mercury (2014-09-16)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Geophysical Research Letters, 41(17) (pp. 6084-6092)
Hollows on Mercury: materials and mechanisms involved in their formation (2014-02)
Thomas, Rebecca J.; Rothery, David A.; Conway, Susan J. and Anand, Mahesh
Icarus, 229 (pp. 221-235)
Prolonged eruptive history of a compound volcano on Mercury: volcanic and tectonic implications (2013-10)
Rothery, David A.; Thomas, Rebecca J. and Kerber, Laura
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 385 (pp. 59-67)
The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: first results (2012-01)
Weider, S. Z.; Kellett, B. J.; Swinyard, B. M.; Crawford, I. A.; Joy, K. H.; Grande, M.; Howe, C. J.; Huovelin, J.; Narendranath, S.; Alha, L.; Anand, M.; Athiray, P. S.; Bhandari, N.; Carter, J. A.; Cook, A. C.; d’Uston, L. C.; Fernandes, V. A.; Gasnault, O.; Goswami, J. N.; Gow, J. P. D.; Holland, A. D.; Koschny, D.; Lawrence, D. J.; Maddison, B. J.; Maurice, S.; McKay, D. J.; Okada, T.; Pieters, C.; Rothery, D. A.; Russell, S. S.; Shrivastava, A. ; Smith, D. R. and Wieczorek, M.
Planetary and Space Science, 60(1) (pp. 217-228)
The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: First results (2012-01)
Weider, S. Z.; Kellett, B. J.; Swinyard, B. M.; Crawford, I. A.; Joy, K. H.; Grande, M.; Howe, C. J.; Huovelin, J.; Narendranath, S.; Alha, L.; Anand, M.; Athiray, P. S.; Bhandari, N.; Carter, J. A.; Cook, A. C.; d'Uston, L. C.; Fernandes, V. A.; Gasnault, O.; Goswami, J. N.; Gow, J. P. D.; Holland, A. D.; Koschny, D.; Lawrence, D. J.; Maddison, B. J.; Maurice, S.; McKay, D. J.; Okada, T.; Pieters, C.; Rothery, D. A.; Russell, S.S.; Shrivastava, A.; Smith, D. R. and Wieczorek, M.
Planetary and Space Science, 60(1) (pp. 217-228)
Lunar X-ray fluorescence observations by the Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS): results from the nearside southern highlands (2011-07)
Narendranath, S. ; Athiray, P. S. ; Sreekumar, P. ; Kellett, B. J. ; Alha, L. ; Howe, C. J. ; Joy, K. H. ; Grande, M. ; Huovelin, J. ; Crawford, I. A. ; Unnikrishnan, U. ; Lalita, S. ; Subramaniam, S. ; Weider, S. Z. ; Nittler, L. R. ; Gasnault, O. ; Rothery, D.; Fernandes, V. A. ; Bhandari, N. ; Goswami, J. N. ; Wieczorek, M. A. ; C1XS Science Team, ; Anand, Mahesh; Holland, Andrew and Gow, Jason
Icarus, 214(1) (pp. 53-66)
Beagle Rupes – evidence for a basal decollement of regional extent in Mercury's lithosphere (2010-09)
Rothery, D. A. and Massironi, M.
Icarus, 209(1) (pp. 256-261)
Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo (2010)
Rothery, David; Marinangeli, Lucia; Anand, Mahesh; Carpenter, James; Christensen, Ulrich; Crawford, Ian A.; De Sanctis, Maria Cristina; Epifani, Elena Mazzotta; Erard, Stéphane; Frigeri, Alessandro; Fraser, George; Hauber, Ernst; Helbert, Jörn; Hiesinger, Harald; Joy, Katherine; Langevin, Yves; Massironi, Matteo; Milillo, Anna; Mitrofanov, Igor; Muinonen, Karri; Näränen, Jyri; Pauselli, Cristina; Potts, Phil; Warell, Johan and Wurz, Peter
Planetary And Space Science, 58(1-2) (pp. 21-39)
The mercury imaging X-ray spectrometer (MIXS) on BepiColombo (2010)
Fraser, G. W.; Carpenter, J. D.; Rothery, D. A.; Pearson, J. F.; Martindale, A.; Huovelin, J.; Treis, J.; Anand, M.; Anttila, M.; Ashcroft, M.; Benkoff, J.; Bland, P.; Bowyer, A.; Bradley, A.; Bridges, J.; Brown, C.; Bulloch, C.; Bunce, E. J.; Christensen, U.; Evans, M.; Fairbend, R.; Feasey, M.; Giannini, F.; Hermann, S.; Hesse, M.; Hilchenbach, M.; Jorden, T.; Joy, K.; Kaipiainen, M.; Kitchingman, I.; Lechner, P.; Lutz, G.; Malkki, A.; Muinonen, K.; Näränen, J.; Portin, P.; Prydderch, M.; San Juan, J.; Sclater, E.; Schyns, E.; Stevenson, T. J.; Strüder, L.; Syrjasuo, M.; Talboys, D.; Thomas, P.; Whitford, C. and Whitehead, S.
Planetary and Space Science, 58(1-2) (pp. 79-95)
The 2006 eruption of Augustine volcano: combined analyses of thermal satellite data and reduced displacement (2010)
van Manen, Saskia M.; Dehn, Jonathan; West, Michael E.; Blake, Stephen and Rothery, David A.
U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper(1769) (pp. 553-567)
Constraints on Mercury’s surface composition from MESSENGER and ground-based spectroscopy (2010)
Warell, J.; Sprague, A.; Kozlowski, R.; Rothery, D. A.; Lewis, N.; Helbert, J. and Cloutis, E.
Icarus, 209(1) (pp. 138-163)
The C1XS X-Ray Spectrometer on Chandrayaan-1 (2009-06)
Grande, M.; Maddison, B. J.; Howe, C. J.; Kellett, B. J.; Sreekumar, P.; Huovelin, J.; Crawford, I. A.; Duston, C. L.; Smith, D.; Anand, M.; Bhandari, N.; Cook, A.; Fernandes, V.; Foing, B.; Gasnaut, O.; Goswami, J. N.; Holland, A.; Joy, K. H.; Kochney, D.; Lawrence, D.; Maurice, S.; Okada, T.; Narendranath, S.; Pieters, C.; Rothery, D.; Russell, S. S.; Shrivastava, A.; Swinyard, B.; Wilding, M. and Wieczorek, M.
Planetary and Space Science, 57(7) (pp. 717-724)
ESSC-ESF position paper - science-driven scenario for space exploration: report from the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) (2009-03-24)
Worms , Jean-Claude; Lammer , Helmut; Barucci , Antonella; Beebe , Reta; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Blamont , Jacques; Blanc , Michel; Bonnet , Roger; Brucato , John R.; Chassefière, Eric; Coradini , Angioletta; Crawford , Ian; Ehrenfreund , Pascale; Falcke, Heino; Gerzer , Rupert; Grady, Monica; Grande , Manuel; Haerendel , Gerhard; Horneck , Gerda; Koch , Bernhard; Lobanov , Andreï; Lopez-Moreno, José J.; Marco , Roberto; Norsk , Peter; Rothery, Dave; Swings , Jean-Pierre; Tropea , Cam; Ulamec , Stephan; Westall, Frances and Zarnecki, John
Astrobiology, 9(1) (pp. 23-41)
LunarEX: a proposal to cosmic vision (2009-03)
Smith, A.; Crawford, I. A.; Gowen, R. A.; Ball, A. J.; Barber, S. J.; Church, P.; Coates, A. J.; Gao, Y.; Griffiths, A. D.; Hagermann, A.; Joy, K. H.; Phipps, A.; Pike, W. T.; Scott, R.; Sheridan, S.; Sweeting, M.; Talboys, D.; Tong, V.; Wells, N.; Biele, J.; Chela-Flores, J.; Dabrowski, B.; Flannagan, J.; Grande, M.; Grygorczuk, J.; Kargl, G.; Khavroshkin, O. B.; Klingelhoefer, G.; Knapmeyer, M.; Marczewski, W.; McKenna-Lawlor, S.; Richter, L.; Rothery, D. A.; Seweryn, K.; Ulamec, S.; Wawrzaszek, R.; Wieczorek, M.; Wright, I. P. and Sims, M.
Experimental Astronomy, 23(3) (pp. 711-740)
The scientific rationale for the C1XS X-ray spectrometer on India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission to the moon (2009)
Crawford, I. A.; Joy, K. H.; Kellett, B. J.; Grande, M.; Anand, M.; Bhandari, N.; Cook, A. C.; d’Uston, L.; Fernandes, V. A.; Gasnault, O.; Goswami, J.; Howe, C. J.; Huovelin, J.; Koschny, D.; Lawrence, D. J.; Maddison, B. J.; Maurice, S.; Narendranath, S.; Pieters, C.; Okada, T.; Rothery, D. A.; Russell, S. S.; Sreekumar, P.; Swinyard, B.; Wieczorek, M. and Wilding, M.
Planetary and Space Science, 57(7) (pp. 725-734)
Correlations between SO2 flux, seismicity, and outgassing activity at the open vent of Villarrica volcano, Chile (2008)
Palma, José Luis; Calder, Eliza S.; Basualto, Daniel; Blake, Stephen and Rothery, David A.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 113(B10) (B10201)
Impact vesiculation – a new trigger for volcanic bubble growth and degassing (2007-11-05)
Sumner, J. M.; Rothery, D. A.; Spiler, O. and Dingwell, D. B.
eEarth, 2(4) (pp. 151-167)
Strombolian explosive styles and source conditions: insights from thermal (FLIR) video (2007-06)
Patrick, Matthew R.; Harris, Andrew J. L.; Ripepe, Maurizio; Dehn, Jonathan; Rothery, David A. and Calvari, Sonia
Bulletin of Volcanology, 69(7) (pp. 769-784)
Strombolian explosive styles and source conditions: insights from thermal (FLIR) video (2007-06)
Patrick, Matthew R.; Harris, Andrew J. L.; Ripepe, Maurizio; Dehn, Jonathan; Rothery, David A. and Calvari, Sonia
Bulletin of Volcanology, 69(7) (pp. 769-784)
Analysis of volcanic activity patterns using MODIS thermal alerts (2005-07)
Rothery, Dave A.; Coppola, Diego and Saunders, Charlotte
Bulletin of Volcanology, 67(6) (pp. 539-556)
Selection of the landing site in Isidis Planitia of Mars probe Beagle 2 (2003-12)
Bridges, J.C.; Seabrook, A.M.; Rothery, D.A.; Kim, J.R.; Pillinger, C.T.; Sims, M.R.; Golombek, M.P.; Duxbury, T.; Head, J.W.; Haldemann, A.F.C.; Mitchell, K.L.; Muller, J.-P.; Lewis, S.R.; Moncrieff, C.; Wright, I.P.; Grady, M.M. and Morley, J.G.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 108(E1) (p 5001)
MODIS thermal alerts in Britain and the North Sea during the first half of 2001 (2003-02-20)
Rothery, D.A.; Thorne, M.T. and Flynn, L.
International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24(4) (pp. 817-826)
Gravity changes and passive SO2 degassing at the Masaya caldera complex, Nicaragua (2003)
Williams-Jones, Glyn; Rymer, Hazel and Rothery, David A.
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 123(1-2) (pp. 137-160)
Documenting surface magmatic activity at Mount Etna using ATSR remote sensing (2001-10)
Rothery, D.; Coltelli, M.; Pirie, D.; Wooster, M.J. and Wright, R.
Bulletin of Volcanology, 63(6) (pp. 387-397)
Planet Mercury - from Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World (2014-12-14)
Rothery, David
ISBN : 978-3-319-12116-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham
Planets: A Very Short Introduction (2010-11)
Rothery, David A.
Very Short Introductions
ISBN : 978-0-19-957350-9 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Geology: the Key Ideas (4th ed.) (2010-08-27)
Rothery, David
Teach Yourself
ISBN : 9781444103120 | Publisher : Hodder Headline | Published : Abingdon
Geological Field Techniques (2010)
Coe, Angela; Argles, Thomas; Rothery, David and Spicer, Robert
ISBN : 978-1-4443-3061-8 | Publisher : Wiley Blackwell in association with the OU | Published : Chichester
Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (2010)
Rothery, David A.
Teach Yourself
ISBN : 9781444103113 | Publisher : Teach Yourself | Published : London
Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (2007-06-29)
Rothery, D. A.
Teach Yourself General
ISBN : 9780340942413 | Publisher : Hodder Education | Published : London, UK
Teach Yourself Geology (2003-08)
Rothery, David A.
Teach Yourself
ISBN : 340867531 | Publisher : Hodder Education | Published : London, UK
Teach Yourself Planets (2003)
Rothery, David A.
ISBN : 340867604 | Publisher : Hodder Headline | Published : London, UK
Remote sensing (1989)
Leinders, Jef; Drury, Stephen and Rothery, David
ISBN : 9035806549 | Publisher : The Open University of the Netherlands
The 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano – combined analyses of thermal satellite data and reduced displacement (2010)
van Manen, Saskia M.; Dehn, Jonathan; West, Michael E.; Blake, Stephen and Rothery, David A.
In: Power, John A.; Coombs, Michelle L. and Freymueller, Jeffrey T. eds. The 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska. USGS Professional Paper (1769) (pp. 553-567)
Publisher : US Geological Survey | Published : Reston, VA, USA
Evolving magmas, explosive eruptions and hydrothermal deposits at Nili Patea Caldera, Syrtis Major, Mars (2015-03)
Fawdon, P.; Skok, J. R.; Balme, M. R.; Vye-Brown, C.; Rothery, D. A. and Jordan, C. J.
In : 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (19-23 March 2012, Houston, TX (forthcoming))
Moons: a MOOC and open education resource with games and a microscope (2014)
Kelley, S. P.; Rothery, D. A. and Schwenzer, S. P.
In : 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (17-21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX, USA)
Morphologies associated with small impact crater clusters in the Western Elysium Planitia region of Mars (2011)
Balme, Matthew; Gallagher, Colman; Hartman, William and Rothery, David
In : European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 (3-8 April 2011, Vienna, Austria)
Revised target co-ordinates for the Beagle 2 lander (2003)
Bridges, J.; Seabrook, A. M.; Rothery, D. A.; Pillinger, C. T.; Sims, M. R. and Wright, I. P.
In : 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (17-21 March 2003, Houston, Texas, USA)