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

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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