Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences.
Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences. In 2006 he was appointed UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer) on the European Space Agency mission to Mercury (to be launched in 2016).
His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.
Books include Planets: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), Geology: The Key Ideas [Teach Yourself Geology] (Hodder Education), and Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (Hodder Education).
Professor David Rothery's activity
Big moon rising
Fracking: No need for all the fuss
A day on Mercury
The rotating Moon
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David A. Rothery, Rebecca J. Thomas and Laura Kerber (2013) Prolonged eruptive history of a compound volcano on Mercury: volcanic and tectonic implications, In Earth and Planetary Science Letters N/A(385)
S. Z. Weider et al. (2012-01) The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: first results, In Planetary and Space Science 1(60)
S. Z. Weider et al. (2012-01) The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: First results, In Planetary and Space Science 1(60)
S. Narendranath et al. (2011-07) Lunar X-ray fluorescence observations by the Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS): results from the nearside southern highlands, In Icarus 1(214)
Matthew R. Balme et al. (2011) Morphologies associated with small impact crater clusters in the Western Elysium Planitia region of Mars, In European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011
David A. Rothery (2010-11) Planets: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press
David A. Rothery and M. Massironi (2010-09) Beagle Rupes – evidence for a basal decollement of regional extent in Mercury's lithosphere, In Icarus 1(209)
David A. Rothery (2010-08-27) Geology: the Key Ideas (4th ed.), Hodder Headline
David A. Rothery et al. (2010) Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo, In Planetary and Space Science 1-2(58)
G. W. Fraser et al. (2010) The mercury imaging X-ray spectrometer (MIXS) on BepiColombo, In Planetary and Space Science 1-2(58)