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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. He chairs modules in level 2 planetary science, and level 1 volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and is the lead educator in the Moons MOOC.
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), Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (Hodder Education), Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World (Springer-Praxis).
Professor David Rothery's activity
Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury
Discover Mercury: BepiColombo's instruments
Discover Mercury: The BepiColombo mission
Discover Mercury: Volcanism, faults and hollows
Discover Mercury: International collaboration
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Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2015-12-01) Explosive volcanism in complex impact craters on Mercury and the Moon: influence of tectonic regime on depth of magmatic intrusion, In Earth and Planetary Science Letters(431)
Peter] [Fawdon et al. (2015-06-17) The geological history of Nili Patera, Mars, In Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 5(120)
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2015-04) A cone on Mercury: analysis of a residual central peak encircled by an explosive volcanic vent, In Planetary and Space Science(108)
Peter] [Fawdon et al. (2015-03) Evolving magmas, explosive eruptions and hydrothermal deposits at Nili Patea Caldera, Syrtis Major, Mars, In 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Professor David Rothery (2014-12-14) Planet Mercury - from Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World, Springer
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014-10) Mechanisms of explosive volcanism on Mercury: implications from its global distribution and morphology, In Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 10(119)
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014) Long-lived explosive volcanism on Mercury, In Geophysical Research Letters 17(41)
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014-02) Hollows on Mercury: materials and mechanisms involved in their formation, In Icarus(229)
Professor Simon Peter Kelley, Professor David Rothery and Susanne P. Schwenzer (2014) Moons: a MOOC and open education resource with games and a microscope, In 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Professor David Rothery, Rebecca J. Thomas and Laura Kerber (2013-10) Prolonged eruptive history of a compound volcano on Mercury: volcanic and tectonic implications, In Earth and Planetary Science Letters(385)