Daniela Festi

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  •     Palynologische Analysen verschiedener Paläoarchive zur Rekonstruktion von Vegetation und Klima in der Vergangenheit.
  •     Beitrag zur Edition der geologischen Karten Österreichs durch Unterstützung der stratigraphischen Einordnung der Aufschlüsse und Gesteinsformationen mit palynologischen Daten


  • Spagnesi A., Bohleber P., Barbaro E., Feltracco M., De Blasi F., Dreossi G.,Stocker-Waldhuber M., Festi D., Gabrieli J.,Gambaro A., Fischer A. and Barbante C.(2023), Preservation of chemical and isotopic signatures within the Weißseespitze millennial old ice cap (Eastern Alps), despite the ongoing ice loss. Front. Earth Sci. 11:1322411.doi: 10.3389/feart.2023.1322411
  • Oeggl K., Festi D., Putzer A. 2023 The Onset of Alpine Pastoral Systems in the Eastern Alps. In : Archaeology of Mountain Landscapes - Interdisciplinary Research Strategies of Agro-Pastoralism in Upland Regions; Ed. Garcia-Molsosa A. SUNY series, The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series; Suny Press, 434 pp. 

  • Festi D., Alessi N., Wellstein, C. et al. (2023) Rapid vegetation responses over the last seven decades revealed by an alpine ice core and land-cover patterns. Landsc Ecol 38, 2779–2793 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-023-01661-7
  • Maffezzoli N., Cook E., van der Bilt W. G. M., Støren E. N., Festi D.,et al. (2023) Detection of ice core particles via deep neural networks, The Cryosphere, 17, 539–565, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-17-539-2023 
  • Marchesini A., Festi D., Girardi M., Micheletti D., Vernesi C., Luetscher M. (2023). Ancient DNA from speleothems: opportunity or challenge? Quaternary Research, 180–188. https://doi.org/10.1017/QUA.2022.46
  •  Carrión J.S., Ochando J., Sniderman K., Festi D. (2022) Palaeobotanical records from cave environments. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology,306: 104759, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2022.104759.
  •  Gabrielli P., Jenk T. M., Bertó M., Dreossi G., Festi D., Kofler W., Winstrup M., Oeggl K., Schwikowski, M. Stenni, B. and Barbante C. (2022) Multimillennial synchronization of low and polar latitude ice cores by matching a time constrained Alpine record with an accurate Arctic chronology, Climate of the Past Discussion. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2022-20
  • Bardy-Durchhalter M., Bender O., Bertolotti G., Branca D., Braun V., et al. (2022) Joint Endeavour Toward Sustainable Mountain Development: Research at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Mountain Research and Development, 42(1): 1-4; https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-22-00002.1
  • Honiat C., Festi D., Wilcox P.S., Edwards R.L., Cheng H., Spötl C. (2021) Early Last Interglacial environmental changes recorded by speleothems from Katerloch (south-east Austria). Journal of Quaternary Science, 1:13,https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.3398
  • Festi D., Schwikowski M., Maggi V., Oeggl K., Jenk T. M. (2021). Significant mass loss in the accumulation area of the Adamello glacier indicated by the chronology of a 46 m ice core, The Cryosphere, 15, 4135–4143, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4135-2021
  • Seddon, A. W. R. Festi D., Nieuwkerk M., Gya R., Hamre B., Krüger L. C., Östman S. A. H., Robson T. M. (2021). Pollen‐chemistry variations along elevation gradients and their implications for a proxy for UV‐B radiation in the plant‐fossil record. Journal of Ecology, May, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13720
  • Luetscher M., Moseley G. E., Festi D., Hof F., Edwards R. L., Spötl C. (2021). A Last Interglacial speleothem record from the Sieben Hengste cave system (Switzerland): Implications for alpine paleovegetation. Quaternary Science Reviews, 262, 106974. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106974
  • Festi D., Brandner D., Grabner M., Knierzinger W., Reschreiter H., Kowarik K. (2021). 3500 years of environmental sustainability in the large-scale alpine mining district of Hallstatt, Austria. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports p.102670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102670
  • Knierzinger W., Festi D., Limbeck A., Horak F., Brunnbauer L., Drollinger S., Wagreich M., Huang J.-J. S., Strasser M., Knorr K.-H., Reschreiter H., Gier S., Kofler W., Herzig C., Kowarik K. (2021). Multi-proxy analyses of a minerotrophic fen to reconstruct prehistoric periods of human activity associated with salt mining in the Hallstatt region (Austria). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102813
  • Knierzigner W., Drescher-Schneider R., Brunnbauer L., Holger KnorrK., Drollinger S., Horak F., Limbeck A., Festi D., Wagreich M. (2020) Anthropogenic and climate signals in prehistoric peat layers of an ombrotrophic bog in the Styrian Enns valley (Austrian Alps). Quaternary Science Journal, 69:121-137, https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-69-121-2020
  • Segnana M., Oeggl K., Poto L., Gabrieli J., Festi D., Kofler W., Frare P.C., Zaccone C., Barbante C. (2020). Holocene vegetation history and human impact in the eastern Italian Alps: a multi-proxy study on the Coltrondo peat bog, Comelico Superiore, Italy. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany  29: 407-426, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-019-00749-y
  • Festi D., Kofler W., Oeggl K. (2019). Comments on Brugger and others (2018) “A quantitative comparison of microfossils extraction methods from ice cores” Journal of Glaciology, 250: 344-346 https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2019.10
  • Seddon A.W.R., Festi D., Robson M.T., Zimmermann B. (2019). Fossil pollen and spores as a tool for reconstructing ancient solar-ultraviolet irradiance: an assessment of prospects and challanges using proxy-system modelling. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 18: 275-194, https://doi.org/10.1039/C8PP00490K
  • Barnes P.W., Jansen M.A.K., Jenkins G.I., Vandenbussche F., Brelsford C.C., Banas A.K., Bilger W., Castagna A., Festi D., Gaberščik A., Germ M., Golob A., Hauser M.-T., Llorens L.,Martinez-Abaigar J., Morales L.O., Neugart S., Pieristè M., Rai N., Ryan L., Santin M., Seddon A.W.R., Stelzner J., Tavridou E., Łabuz J., Robson T.M. (2019). Importance and direction of current and future plant-UV research. UV4Plants Bullettin 2018: 2. https://doi.org/10.19232/uv4pb.2018.2.11
  • Festi D. (2018). Now or never: the study of of disappearing ice archives in the time of global warming. Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary, 31(1):73-78. https://doi.org/10.26382/AIQUA.2018.AIQUAconference
  • Spötl C., Slupetzky H., Drescher-Schneider R., Festi D., Heiss A.G., Reimer P. (2017). An Early Würmian age for the Inneralpine Halldorf site, Salzach Valley, Austria. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 110/1: 109-121, DOI: 10.17738/ajes.2017.0008
  • Festi D., Carturan L., KoflerW., dalla FontanaG., de BlasiF., Cazorzi F., BucherE., Mayr V., Gabrielli P., Oeggl O. (2017). Linking pollen deposition and snow accumulation on the Alto dell’Ortles glacier (South Tyrol, Italy) for sub-seasonal dating of a firn temperate core. The Cryosphere, 11: 937-948, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-937-2017
  • Gabrielli P., Barbante C., Bertagna G., Bertó M., Binder D., Carton A., Carturan L., Cazorzi F., Cozzi G., Dalla Fontana G., Davis M., De Blasi F., Dinale R., Dragà G., Dreossi G., Festi D., Frezzotti M., Gabrieli J., Galos S., Ginot P., Heidenwolf P., Jenk T. M., Kehrwald N., Kenny D., Magand O., Mair V., Mikhalenko V., Lin P. N., Oeggl K., Piffer G., Rinaldi M., Schotterer U., Schwikowski M., Seppi R., Spolaor A., Stenni B., Tonidandel D., Uglietti C., Zagorodnov V., Zanoner T., Zennaro P.  (2016). Age of the Mt. Ortles ice cores, the Tyrolean Iceman and glaciation of the highest summit of South Tyrol since the Northern Hemisphere Climatic Optimum, The Cryosphere, 10, 2779-2797, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2779-2016
  • Santagata T., Sauro F., Spöttl C., Festi D., Oeggl K., Dal Molin L., Kadded F., Camorani M., Ropmeo A. (2017) The Cenote project. Monitoring a high altitude ice cave in the Dolomites, Italy. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Speleology, Sidney, Australia, 2017/7: 23-29. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318776542_The_Cenote_Project_monitoring_a_high-altitude_ice_cave_in_the_Dolomites_Italy/stats
  • Festi D., Hoffmann D., Luetscher M. (2016). Pollen from accurately dated speleothems supports alpine glacier low-stands during the early Holocene. Quaternary Research, 86(1): 45-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yqres.2016.05.003
  • Putzer, A, Festi D., Oeggl K. (2016). Was the Iceman really a herdsman? Evidence of prehistoric pastoral economy in the Schnals Valley. Antiquity 90: 319-336. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.185
  • Putzer A, Festi D., Edlmair S., Oeggl K. (2016). The development of human activity in the high altitudes on the Schnals Valley (South Tyrol/Italy) from the Mesolithic to modern periods. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 136-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.01.025
  • Festi D., Kofler W., Bucher E., Carturan L., Mair V., Gabrielli P., Oeggl K. (2015). A novel pollen-based method to detect seasonality in ice cores: a case study form the Ortles glacier, South Tyrol, Italy. Journal of Glaciology 61(229): 815-824. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3189/2015JoG14J236
  • Festi D., Putzer A., Oeggl K. (2014). Mid and late Holocene the land-use changes in the Ötztal Alps, territory of the Neolithic Iceman “Ötzi”. Quaternary International 353:17-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.07.052
  • Festi D. (2012) Palynological reconstruction of the onset and development of alpine pasture in the Eastern Alps since the Neolithic. PhD Thesis, University of Innsbruck: 66 pp. https://7eeb59db-d954-4069-a053-9ff4a3127456.filesusr.com/ugd/6b0544_d169a8c8d9cb4b208a624a7eaeee5138.pdf
  • Festi D., Tecchiati U., Steiner H., Oeggl K. (2011) The Late neolithic settlement of Latsch, Vinschgau, northern Italy: subsistence of a settlement contemporary with the Alpine Iceman, and located in his valley of origin.  Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 20(5): 367-379. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-011-0308-0



  • Oeggl K., Festi D., Putzer A.: The onset of alpine pastoral systems in the Eastern Alps. In: Arnau G. (ed): Archaeology of mountain landscapes: interdisciplinary research strategies of agro-pastoralism in upland regions. SUNY Press (in press).
  • Wahlmüller N, Festi D, Oeggl K, Kofler W (2020). Regionale und lokale Landschaftsentwicklung von der Römerzeit bis ins frühe Mittelalter zwischen Rätischen und Lombardischen Voralpen (Giudicarie esteriori, Trentino). In: Zagermann M., Cavada E. (Hrsg): Alpine Festungen 400–1000: Chronologie, Räume und Funktionen, Netzwerke, Interpretationen. Münchner Beiträge zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte.
  • Festi D., Oeggl K. (2010) Transhumance as potential subsistence strategy in the Alps during prehistory. In: Anreiter P., Goldenberg G., Hanke K., Krause R., Leitner W., Mathis F., Nicolussi K., Oeggl K., Pernicka E., Prast M., Schibler J., Schneider I., Stadler H., Stöllner T., Tomedi G., Tropper P. (eds) Mining in European History and its impact on environment and human societies. Proceedings for the 1st Mining in European History-Conference of the SFB-HIMAT, 12.–15. November 2009, Innsbruck: 245-251. ISBN 978-3-902719-69-0.
  • Kowarik K., Reschreiter H., Anselmetti F., Eckart Barth F., Berberich T., Brauer A., Drescher-Schneider R, Festi D., Grabner M., Ita A., Jochum B., Kern A., Lauterbach S, Oeggl K.D., Ottowitz D., Römer A., Strasser M. (2018) From salt mines to lake sediments. Investigating human environment relations in the Hallstatt region, Austria. PAST-The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society, 89: 11-13.
  • Mottes E., Bassetti M., Avanzini M., Boschin F., Cremona M.G., Cottini M. , Dalmeri G., Festi D., Fontana F., Oeggl K., Rottoli M. (2017). Tra la foresta e il lago: Il sito all’aperto dell’epigravettiano recente di Arco via Serafini (Trentino, italia settentrionale). Annali dell’universitá degli Studi di Ferrara. 13 (2017): 20-23.
  • Filippi M.L. & Festi D. (2007). Paleolimnologia in Trentino: metodi e stato dell'arte. In: Frisia S, Filippi M.L. & Borsato A., Cambiamenti climatici e ambientali in Trentino: dal passato prospettive per il futuro. Studi Trent. Sci Nat., Acta Geol., 82: 85-99. ISSN 0392-0534
  • Festi D. (2004). Analisi della vegetazione di alcune aree prative della Valle del Chiese in funzione di un loro evenutale utilizzo nella fitobalneoterapia”. Master Thesis, University of Padova.



  • Gabrielli P. et al 14. (2016) L’età del ghiaccio dell’Ortles e gli effetti del cambiamento climatico sul ghiacciaio più elevato del Trentino Alto Adige. Nimbus 76: 90-91.
  • Cristofori A., Vernesi C., Casarotto C., Bertoni E, Maggi V., Festi D. (2016) I ghiacci dell’Adamello: una storia di clima. Montagne 3(2016): 44-46.