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David Rothery

David Rothery is Professor of Planetary Geosciences in the Department of Physical Sciences. Previously, between 1994 and 2011, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences (transferring to the Planetary and Space Sciences Division of the new Department of Physical Sciences in August 2011), and before that was a lecturer here. From 1999 to 2004, he was Director of Teaching and Geosciences Programme Director. He has also been Leader of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) Commission on Remote Sensing, and a member of the PPARC Solar System Advisory Panel and the BepiColombo Oversight Committee.

He currently leads the European Space Agency’s Mercury Surface and Composition Working Group and is Lead Co-Investigator on the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer, due to arrive at Mercury on board BepiColombo in 2024. He runs the OU/Futurelearn Moons MOOC and chairs the Level 2 module S283 Planetary Science and the Search for Life.

When not at work, David is usually riding a horse.

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