Federico Di Rita


Titolo Pubblicato in Anno
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
Climate and human influence on the vegetation of Tyrrhenian Italy during the last 2000 years. New insights from microcharcoal and non-pollen palynomorphs GEOGRAFIA FISICA E DINAMICA QUATERNARIA 2019
Climatic variability over the last two millennia in the Mediterranean area. A review from marine paleoarchives GEOGRAFIA FISICA E DINAMICA QUATERNARIA 2019
Late holocene forest dynamics in the Gulf of Gaeta (central Mediterranean) in relation to NAO variability and human impact QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 2018
Holocene forest dynamics in central and western Mediterranean. Periodicity, spatio-temporal patterns and climate influence SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 2018
8000 years of coastal changes on a western Mediterranean island: A multiproxy approach from the Posada plain of Sardinia MARINE GEOLOGY 2018
The Botanical Record of Archaeobotany Italian Network - BRAIN. A cooperative network, database and website FLORA MEDITERRANEA 2018
Late Holocene environmental dynamics, vegetation history, human impact, and climate change in the ancient Literna Palus (Lago Patria; Campania, Italy) REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY 2018
Quaternary disappearance of tree taxa from Southern Europe. Timing and trends QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 2017
Mid to late holocene environmental changes along the coast of western Sardinia (Mediterranean Sea) GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 2017
A first report of biodeterioration caused by cyanobacterial biofilms of exposed fossil bones. A case study of the middle Pleistocene site of La Polledrara di Cecanibbio (Rome, Italy) INTERNATIONAL BIODETERIORATION & BIODEGRADATION 2016
Marine response to climate changes during the last five millennia in the central Mediterranean Sea GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 2016


  • PE10_6
  • LS8_5
  • 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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