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Dr Jack Wright

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Professional biography

Work and Education

January 2019–present: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, The Open University, UK

  • Planmap project (EU Horizon 2020 Grant Number 776276)
  • Creator and curator of planetary geomorphic maps of Mercury, the Moon, and Mars

October 2015–June 2019: PhD, The Open University, UK

  • Thesis title: MESSENGER observations of volcanism on Mercury: From Hokusai quadrangle down to small cones
  • Supervisors: Prof. David Rothery (OU), Dr Matt Balme (OU), Dr Susan Conway (Université de Nantes)

October 2011–June 2015: BA/MSci, Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK

October 2010–March 2011: Assistant Astronomer, Armagh Observatory, Northern Ireland, UK

Funding and Awards

2019

  • €1300 from GeoPlaNet. Used to visit Nantes for a two-week collaboration (15/05–29/05)

2018

  • $1500 from the Lunar and Planetary Institute for the LPI Career Development Award. Used to attend LPSC 2018 (19/03–23/03)

2017

  • £750 from the Royal Astronomical Society Small Grants Scheme to attend 'Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet', Columbia, MD, USA (01/05/18–03/05/18)
  • £813 from the Royal Astronomical Society Small Grants Scheme to attend LPSC 2017 (kindly returned)
  • £550 from the British Society of Geomorphology Postgrad Conference Attendance grant scheme to attend LPSC 2017 (20/03–24/03)
  • £250 from the UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society travel bursary scheme to attend LPSC 2017 (20/03–24/03)

Research interests

I am currently a research assistant at the OU working on the Planmap project, which aims to provide highly informative geological maps of the three main bodies of interest for upcoming European space missions: Mercury, the Moon, and Mars. These maps will incorporate compositional, temporal, and ground truth data where available. My job is produce geomorphic maps based on spacecraft images that will be passed to international Planmap collaborators to add the compositional and temporal information to my geological interpretations. My first map (Hokusai quadrangle of Mercury) was completed as part of my PhD. I am now beginning a geological map of Mawrth Vallis, Mars, which was shortlisted as a landing site for the ExoMars mission.

So far, I have written papers and conference abstracts about geological mapping, volcanism, and potentially volatile-driven landform degradation on Mercury.

Teaching interests

Teaching

Facilitator for the SEPnet Astrobiology and Planetary Science Workshop (27/11/19–28/11/19). Educator on Open University 'Moons' MOOC (31/10/16–31/12/16).

Invited lectures

Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society (10/04/19); Macclesfield Astronomical Society (17/07/18); The Sedgwick Club (13/11/17); The Friends of the Sedgwick Museum (10/10/17); The Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (11/03/17); The Open University Astronomy Club (07/02/17); Science Uncovered at the Ulster Museum (30/09/16); Schools Young Physicists of the Year award ceremony (20/07/16); Open University Transit of Mercury Festival (09/05/16); Oxford University Department of Continuing Education 38th Annual Astronomy Weekend (16/04/16).

Events

Organiser of the OU Transit of Mercury 2019 event (11/11/2019).

Other outreach

BBC TV appearance on 'The Sky at Night' (08/05/16); BBC Radio Three Counties interview about the transit of Mercury (09/05/16); Presenter for Open University Space Science Showcase at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh (12/08/16–13/08/16).

External collaborations

  • Susan Conway (CNRS, Laboratoire de Planétologie ey Géodynamique, Université de Nantes, France): Study of landform evolution of the circum-Caloris knobs on Mercury.
  • Petr Brož (Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic): Studies of volcanic constructs on Mercury.

Publications

Modification of Caloris ejecta blocks by long-lived mass-wasting: A volatile-driven process? (2020-11-01)
Wright, Jack; Conway, Susan J.; Morino, Costanza; Rothery, David A.; Balme, Matthew and Fassett, Caleb
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 549, Article 116519


Rationale for BepiColombo Studies of Mercury’s Surface and Composition (2020-06)
Rothery, David A.; Massironi, Matteo; Alemanno, Giulia; Barraud, Océane; Besse, Sebastien; Bott, Nicolas; Brunetto, Rosario; Bunce, Emma; Byrne, Paul; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; Capria, Maria Teresa; Carli, Cristian; Charlier, Bernard; Cornet, Thomas; Cremonese, Gabriele; D’Amore, Mario; De Sanctis, M. Cristina; Doressoundiram, Alain; Ferranti, Luigi; Filacchione, Gianrico; Galluzzi, Valentina; Giacomini, Lorenza; Grande, Manuel; Guzzetta, Laura G.; Helbert, Jörn; Heyner, Daniel; Hiesinger, Harald; Hussmann, Hauke; Hyodo, Ryuku; Kohout, Tomas; Kozyrev, Alexander; Litvak, Maxim; Lucchetti, Alice; Malakhov, Alexey; Malliband, Christopher; Mancinelli, Paolo; Martikainen, Julia; Martindale, Adrian; Maturilli, Alessandro; Milillo, Anna; Mitrofanov, Igor; Mokrousov, Maxim; Morlok, Andreas; Muinonen, Karri; Namur, Olivier; Owens, Alan; Nittler, Larry R.; Oliveira, Joana S.; Palumbo, Pasquale; Pajola, Maurizio; Pegg, David L.; Penttilä, Antti; Politi, Romolo; Quarati, Francesco; Re, Cristina; Sanin, Anton; Schulz, Rita; Stangarone, Claudia; Stojic, Aleksandra; Tretiyakov, Vladislav; Väisänen, Timo; Varatharajan, Indhu; Weber, Iris; Wright, Jack; Wurz, Peter and Zambon, Francesca
Space Science Reviews, 216, Article 66(4)


On the asymmetry of Nathair Facula, Mercury (2020)
Rothery, David A.; Barraud, Océane; Besse, Sebastien; Carli, Cristian; Pegg, David L.; Wright, Jack and Zambon, Francesca
Icarus, Article 114180 ((Early Access))


The 2016 UK Space Agency Mars Utah Rover Field Investigation (MURFI) (2019-01)
Balme, M. R.; Curtis-Rouse, M. C.; Banham, S.; Barnes, D.; Barnes, R.; Bauer, A.; Bedford, C. C.; Bridges, J.C.; Butcher, F. E. G.; Caballo, P.; Caldwell, A.; Coates, A. J.; Cousins, C.; Davis, J. M.; Dequaire, J.; Edwards, P.; Fawdon, P.; Furuya, K.; Gadd, M.; Get, P.; Griffiths, A.; Grindrod, P. M.; Gunn, M.; Gupta, S.; Hansen, R.; Harris, J. K.; Hicks, L. J.; Holt, J.; Huber, B.; Huntly, C.; Hutchinson, I.; Jackson, L.; Kay, S.; Kyberd, S.; Lerman, H. N.; McHugh, M.; McMahon, W. J.; Muller, J.-P.; Ortner, T.; Osinski, G.; Paar, G.; Preston, L. J.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Stabbins, R.; Tao, Y.; Traxler, C.; Turner, S.; Tyler, L.; Venn, S.; Walker, H.; Wilcox, T.; Wright, J. and Yeomans, B.
Planetary And Space Science, 165 (pp. 31-56)


Geology of the Hokusai quadrangle (H05), Mercury (2019)
Wright, Jack; Rothery, David; Balme, Matthew and Conway, Susan
Journal of Maps, 15(2) (pp. 509-520)


The Apparent Absence of Kilometer-Sized Pyroclastic Volcanoes on Mercury: Are We Looking Right? (2018-11-28)
Brož, P.; Čadek, O.; Wright, J. and Rothery, D. A.
Geophysical Research Letters, 45(22) (pp. 12171-12179)


Constructional Volcanic Edifices on Mercury: Candidates and Hypotheses of Formation (2018-05-11)
Wright, Jack; Rothery, David A.; Balme, Matthew R. and Conway, Susan J.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 123(4) (pp. 952-971)


Mercury’s Caloris basin: Continuity between the interior and exterior plains (2017-03-20)
Rothery, David A.; Mancinelli, Paolo; Guzzetta, Laura and Wright, Jack
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 122(3) (pp. 560-576)


Geological mapping of Mawrth Vallis, Mars: First look (2020)
Wright, Jack; Balme, Matthew; Davis, J. M.; Fawdon, Peter and Rothery, David
In : 2nd British Planetary Sciences Conference (13-15 Jan 2020, Oxford) (pp. 130-130)


The asymmetry of Nathair Facula: A volcanologic mystery on Mercury (2020)
Rothery, D.; Pegg, D.; Wright, J. and Zambon, F.
In : 2nd British Planetary Sciences Conference (13-15 Jan 2020, Oxford) (p 107)


Candidate constructional volcanic edifices on Mercury (2018-03-09)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet (1-3 May 2018, Columbia, Maryland, USA)


Geological mapping of the Hokusai (H05) quadrangle of Mercury: Status update (2018-03-09)
Wright, Jack; Rothery, David; Balme, Matthew and Conway, Susan
In : Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet (1-3 May 2018, Columbia, Maryland, USA)


Post-deposition (and ongoing?) modification of Caloris ejecta blocks (2018-03-09)
Wright, Jack; Conway, Susan; Rothery, David and Balme, Matthew
In : Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet (1-3 May 2018, Columbia, Maryland, USA)


Geological mapping of the Hokusai (H05) quadrangle of Mercury: Status update (2018-02-02)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (19-23 Mar 2018, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas, USA)


Spatial distribution and morphometric measurements of circum-Caloris knobs on Mercury: Application of novel shadow measurements (2018-02-02)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (19-23 Mar 2018, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas, USA)


UK Space Agency “Mars Utah Rover Field Investigation 2016” (MURFI 2016): overview of mission, aims and progress (2017-03)
Balme, M. R.; Curtis-Rouse, M. C.; Banham, S.; Barnes, D.; Barnes, R.; Bauer, A.; Bedford, C.; Bridges, J.; Butcher, F. E. G.; Caballo, P.; Caldwell, A.; Coates, A.; Cousins, C.; Davis, J.; Dequaire, J.; Edwards, P.; Fawdon, P.; Furuya, K.; Gadd, M.; Get, P.; Griffiths, A.; Grindrod, P. M.; Gunn, M.; Gupta, S.; Hansen, R.; Harris, J. K.; Holt, J.; Huber, B.; Huntly, C.; Hutchinson, I.; Jackson, L.; Kay, S.; Kybert, S.; Lerman, H. N.; McHugh, M.; McMahon, W.; Muller, J.-P.; Paar, G.; Preston, L. J.; Schwenzer, S.; Stabbins, R.; Tao, Y.; Traxler, C; Turner, S.; Tyler, L.; Venn, S.; Walker, H.; Wright, J. and Yeomans, B.
In : 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (20-24 Mar 2017, Houston)


Late-stage effusive volcanism on Mercury: Evidence from Mansurian impact basins (2017-03)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (20-24 Mar 2017, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas)


Volcanic shields on Mercury identified at last? (2017-03)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (20-24 Mar 2017, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas)


Geological mapping of the Hokusai (H05) quadrangle of Mercury (2017-03)
Rothery, D. A.; Wright, J.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (20-24 Mar 2017, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas)


Volcanic shields on Mercury identified at last? (2017-01-20)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : UKPF 14th Annual Early Career Planetary Scientists' Meeting (23 Jan 2017, University of Manchester)


Preliminary findings from geological mapping of the Hokusai (H5) quadrangle of Mercury (2016-02-05)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A.; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (21-25 Mar 2016, Houston, Texas)


Preliminary observations of Rustaveli basin, Mercury (2016-02-05)
Wright, J.; Rothery, D. A..; Balme, M. R. and Conway, S. J.
In : 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2016) (21/03/2016-25/03/2016, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas)


Preliminary findings from geological mapping of the Hokusai (H5) quadrangle of Mercury (2016-01-22)
Wright, Jack
In : UKPF 13th Annual Early Career Scientists' Meetings (22 Jan 2016, Leicester)