Federico Di Rita


Titolo Pubblicato in Anno
Vegetation history of SE Sicily from feudal land management to post-war agricultural industrialization REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY 2022
Sign-switching ecological changes in the Mediterranean Basin at 4.2 ka BP GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 2022
Three millennia of vegetation, land-use, and climate change in SE Sicily FORESTS 2022
Natural and anthropogenic dynamics of the coastal environment in northwestern Corsica (western Mediterranean) over the past six millennia QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 2022
The paleoenvironment and depositional context of the Sumerian site of Abu Tbeirah (Nasiriyah, southern Mesopotamia, Iraq) QUATERNARY RESEARCH 2022
Archaeobotanical and chemical investigations on wine amphorae from San Felice Circeo (Italy) shed light on grape beverages at the Roman time PLOS ONE 2022
Analisi polliniche di sedimenti marini tardo-olocenici della Sicilia sudorientale Abstract Book della Società Geologica Italiana, “La geologia marina in Italia, Quarto Convegno dei Geologi Marini Italiani 2021
Potenzialità dei diagrammi pollinici marini nello studio di eventi climatici Abstract Book della Società Geologica Italiana, La geologia marina in Italia, Quarto Convegno dei Geologi Marini Italiani 2021
A Palaeoecological record of land-use changes in SE Sicily during the last 400 years Mediterranean Palynology Societies Symposium 2021 2021
A Late Holocene pollen record from marine sediments in SE Sicily Abstract book della Società Geologica Italiana, 90° Congresso della Società Geologica Italiana 2021
A 4,500-year record of palaeomagnetic secular variation and relative palaeointensity from the Tyrrhenian Sea Geomagnetic field variations in the pas.: New data, applications and recent advances 2020
The Eurasian modern pollen database (EMPD), version 2 EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE DATA 2020
Linking worldwide past and present conifer vulnerability QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 2020
Staying alive on an active volcano. 80 years population dynamics of Cytisus aeolicus (Fabaceae) from Stromboli (Aeolian Islands, Italy) ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES 2020
The history of conifers in central Italy supports long-term persistence and adaptation of mesophilous conifer fungi in Arbutus-dominated shrublands REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY 2020
The 4.2 ka event in the vegetation record of the central Mediterranean CLIMATE OF THE PAST 2019
Tyrrhenian central Italy. Holocene population and landscape ecology THE HOLOCENE 2019
The 4.2 ka BP event in the Mediterranean Region. An overview CLIMATE OF THE PAST 2019
Pollen analysis and tephrochronology of a MIS 13 lacustrine succession from Eastern Sabatini volcanic district (Rignano Flaminio, central Italy) QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 2019
The vanished Alnus-dominated forests along the Tyrrhenian coast CATENA 2019


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  • SH6_3

Interessi di ricerca

I have carried out pollen analysis of Holocene, lateglacial, Late Pleistocene and Early Pleistocene sediments from various environmental contexts (coastal lakes, lagoons, estuarine sites, volcanic maar, tectonic basins, marine sediments, and inorganic and organic archaeological remains) cooperating with geologists, archaeologists, sedimentologists and palaeontologists from various Italian and foreign universities My main research interests are:

1) palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of Holocene lagoon and lacustrine coastal sites in Italy, through the analysis of pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs, and micro-charcoals carried out on sediments, with particular attention to the vegetation changes in response to geomorphic processes, climate and human impact.

2) palaeovegetational and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of continental and coastal basins in Italy during the Pleistocene, mainly addressed to: a) investigate the vegetation development at the Pleistocene/Holocene transition; b) add new data and understandings on the long-term forest dynamics through the glacial/interglacial cycles of the Pleistocene.

3) detection and characterization of regional and supra-regional vegetation changes driven by centennial- to millennial-scale fluctuations of climate occurred in the central Mediterranean region (e.g. Younger Dryas, pre-boreal Oscillation, 4.2 ka event, centennial variability of the Solar magnetic activity and North Atlantic Oscillation).

4) investigation of the influence of human activities on the evolution of the vegetation during the last millennia, with a special focus on the coastal ecosystems.


human impact

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