Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Irene Tunno

Postdoctoral Scholar
Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division

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Ph.D. Science and Technologies of Forest and Environmental Management
Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy
M.Sc. Forestry and Environmental Science
Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy
Bachelor Forests Techniques and Wood Technology
Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy

Research Interests

My research focuses on paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate reconstructions through a multiproxy approach (pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs, and diatoms). In particular, I am interested in the dynamics and the responses of the vegetation to natural and human-induced change through time. I am currently working on pollen radiocarbon dating in order to develop high-resolution age models that will help to reconstruct the climate history in California, with a special attention to the past droughts, with the aim of understanding and constraining future risks.

Selected Recent Publications

"The value of Non-Pollen Palynomorphs in interpreting paleoecological change in the Great Basin (Nevada, USA)," Tunno I. and Mensing, S., 2017. Quaternary Research, in press

"Human and climatically induced environmental change in the Mediterranean during the Medieval Climate Anomaly and Little Ice Age: A case from central Italy," Mensing S., Tunno I., Cifani G., Passigli S., Noble P., and Piovesan G., 2016. Anthropocene, in press. doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2016.01.003

"2700 years of Mediterranean environmental change in central Italy: A synthesis of sedimentary and cultural records to interpret past impacts of climate on society," Mensing S., Tunno I., Sagnotti L., Florindo F., Noble P., Archer C., Zimmerman S., Pavon- Carrasco F.J., Cifani G., Passigli S. and Piovesan G., 2015. Quaternary Science Review, 116, 72-94. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.03.022

"C and N concentrations in different compartments of outgrown oak coppice forests under different site conditions in Central Italy," Di Matteo G., Tunno I., Nardi P., De Angelis P., Bertini G., Fabio G., 2014. Annals of Forest Science, 71(5). doi: 10.1007/s13595-014-0390-4

"The Late Holocene Dry Period: multiproxy evidence for an extended drought between 2800 and 1850 cal yr BP across the central Great Basin, USA," Mensing S. A., Sharpe S. E., Tunno I., Sada D.W., Thomas J. M., Starratt S., Smith J., 2013. Quaternary Science Reviews 78, 266-282. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.08.010

"Effects of Human impacts and climate variations on forest: the Rieti basin since medieval time," Mensing S., Tunno I., Cifani G., Florindo F., Noble P., Sagnotti L., Piovesan G., 2013. Annali di botanica Ann. Bot. (Roma) Coenology and plant ecology, 3:121-126. doi:

Last update: April 25, 2017