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Laboratory of Palynology and Palaeoecology

The Laboratory of Palynology and Palaeoecology is mainly devoted to Quaternary studies:

  • pollen analysis of continuous long stratigraphic successions (e.g. lacustrine and peat deposits) to reconstruct the history of vegetation and climate at regional scale in the alpine, lowland and mediterranean areas;
  • reconstructing the biodiversity of continental ecosystems during the late Cenozoic (pollen, spores, plant macroremains);
  • human impact on the natural landscape from prehistoric times.
Location + _

CNR-IGAG c/o U1 - DISAT - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 1 - 20126 Milano

Scientific manager + _
Dr. Cesare Ravazzi
Security officer + _
Dr. Cesare Ravazzi
Telephone + _
+39. 02.64482845
  • Fume hoods
  • Centrifuges
  • Vortex
  • Vacuum pump
  • Thermogravimetric analyzer
  • Transmitted and reflected light microscopes
  • Stereomicroscopes

Peresani M., Monegato G., Ravazzi C., Bertola S., Margaritora D., Breda M., Fontana A., Fontana F., Jankoviæ I., Karavanic I., Komso D., Mozzi P., Pini R., Furlanetto G.., De Amicis M, Perhoè Z., Posth C., Ronchi L., Rossato S., Vukosavljeviæ N., Zerboni A. – Hunter-gatherers across the Great Adriatic-Padanian Region during the Last Glacial Maximum: environmental and cultural dynamics. Quaternary International. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2020.10.007

Pini R., Ravazzi C., Comolli R., Perego R., Castellano L., Croci C., De Amicis M., Abu El Khair D., Furlanetto G., Marsetti D. – Life on a hilltop: vegetation history, plant husbandry and pastoralism at the dawn of Bergamo-Bergomum (northern Italy; 15th to 7th century BC). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. DOI: 10.1007/s00334-020-00802-1

Badino F., Pini R., Bertuletti P., Ravazzi C., Margaritora D., Delmonte B., Monegato G., Reimer P.J., Vallè F., Maggi V., Arrighi S., Bortolini E., Figus C., Lugli F., Marciani G., Oxilia G., Romandini M., Silvestrini S., Benazzi S. (2020) – The fast-acting “pulse” of Heinrich stadial 3 in a mid-latitude boreal ecosystem: ecoclimatic patterns and fire regimes. Scientific Reports, 10: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-74905-0.

Badino F., Pini R., Ravazzi C., Margaritora D., Arrighi S., Bortolini E., Figus C., Giaccio B., Lugli F., Marciani G., Monegato G., Moroni A., Negrino F., Oxilia G., Peresani M., Romandini M., Ronchitelli A., Spinapolice E.E., Zerboni A., Benazzi S. (2020) – An overview of Alpine and Mediterranean palaeogeography, terrestrial ecosystems and climate history during MIS 3 with focus on the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition. Quaternary International, 551: 7-28 .

Benazzi S., Arrighi S., Badino F., Bortolini E., Figus C., Lugli F., Marciani G., Oxilia G., Romandini M., Silvestrini S., Boscato P., Cipriani A., Moroni A., Negrino F., Peresani M., Pini R., Ravazzi C., Ronchitelli A., Spinapolice E. (2020) – A focus on the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in the Mediterranean area. Quaternary International, 551: 1-6.

Ravazzi C., Badino F. Perego R., Bertuletti P., De Amicis M., Deaddis M., Garozzo L., Novellino M.D., Pini R. (2020) – Birch-sedge communities, forest withdrawal and flooding at the beginning of Heinrich Stadial 3 at the southern Alpine foreland. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 280, 104276.

Ravazzi C., Pini R., De Amicis M., Castellano L., Comolli R., Abu El Khair D., Furlanetto G., Marsetti D., Perego R. (2020) – Paleoecological archives unraveling the early land-use history at the emergence of the Bronze Age settlement of Bergamo (Italian Alps). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 276, 104205.

Vallè F., Furlanetto G., Maggi V., Pini R., Ravazzi C. (2019) – Concepts and methodology to quantitatively reconstruct climate from pollen data. Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 42(2): 225-234.

Vallè F., Furlanetto G., Pini R., Brunetti M., Maggi V., Ravazzi C. (2019) – Reconstructing the last 3000 yrs climate change in N-Italy from fossil pollen archives. Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 42(2): 235-244.

Ravazzi C., Badino F., Castellano L., de Nisi D., Furlanetto G., Perego R., Zanon M., De Amicis M., Monegato G., Pini R., Vallé F. (2019) – Introduzione allo studio stratigrafico e paleoecologico dei laghi intermorenici del Garda. In: Le palafitte – Ricerca, conservazione, valorizzazione dei siti palafitticoli. The Pile dwellings – Investigation, conservation and promotion of pile-dwelling sites. Proceedings of the international meeting. Desenzano del Garda, October 6-8, 2011. Edited by Marco Baioni, Claudia Mangani, Raffaella Poggiani Keller.

Peresani M., Ravazzi C., Pini R., Margaritora M., Cocilova A., Delpiano D., Bertola S., Castellano L., Fogliazza F., Martino S., Nicosia C., Simon P. (2018) – Human settlement and vegetation-climate relationships in the Greenland Stadial 5 at the Piovesello site (Northern Apennines, Italy). Quaternary Research, 90: 503-528.

Pini R., Furlanetto G., Castellano L., Saliu F., Rizzi A., Tramelli A. (2018) – Effects of stepped-combustion on fresh pollen grains: morphoscopic, thermogravimetric, and chemical proxies for the interpretation of archaeological charred assemblages. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 259: 142-158.

Furlanetto G., Ravazzi C., Pini R., Vallè F., Brunetti M., Comolli R., Novellino M.D., Garozzo L., Maggi V. (2018) – Holocene vegetation history and quantitative climate reconstructions in a high-altitude oceanic district of the Italian Alps. Evidence for a middle to late Holocene precipitation increase. Quaternary Science Reviews, 200: 210-236.

Badino F., Ravazzi C., Valle’ F., Pini R., Aceti A., Brunetti M., Champvillair E., Maggi V., Maspero F., Perego R., Orombelli G. (2018) – 8800 years of high-altitude vegetation and climate history at the Rutor Glacier foreland, Italian Alps. Evidence of Middle Holocene timberline rise and glacier contraction. Quaternary Science Reviews, 185: 41-68.

H2020 ERC_Consolidator Grant SUCCESS “The earliest migration of Homo sapiens in Southern EUrope: understanding the bioCultural proCesses that define our uniquEneSS” (Leader: Prof. Stefano Benazzi, UNIBO). WP2: Palaeoecological analysis.

LGM and Lateglacial in the venetian Plain: multiproxy analysis of the continuous stratigraphic sequence of Lake Fimon and quantitative reconstruction of climate parameters.

Multi- and interdisciplinary research project on the austrian army hut of Monte Scorluzzo (Stelvio National Park). Palaeoecological and biological researches on the ice succession.

Palaeoecology of high-altitude mires and lakes: history of reforestation after the last deglaciation and of prehistoric pastures.

Development of protourban and urban centers: multiproxy analysis of sediments from the Bergamo underground.