Dr. Daniela Festi

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Research interests

The effect of human impact and climate change on the environment of the Alpine and Mediterranean region during the Quaternary; Development and integration of molecular proxies in classical palaeoecological studies; Palynology, Landscape Archaeology, ice core chronology

Selected publications



  • 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
  • Seddon, A., Festi, D., Nieuwkerk, M., Gya, R., Hamre, B., Krüger, L. C., et al. (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, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13720
  • Luetscher, M., Moseley, G., Festi, D., Hof, F., Edwards, 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
  • Knierzinger, W., Festi, D., Limbeck, A., Horak, F., Brunnbauer, L., Drollinger, S., et al. (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, 102813. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102813
  • Festi, D. (2021). Pollen analyses of the site Mooswinkel (Mondsee, Upper Austria). Wien.



  • Festi, D., Brandner, D., Grabner, M., Knierzinger, W., Reschreiter, H., & Kowarik, K. (2020). 3500 years of environmental sustainability in the large-scale alpine mining district of Hallstatt, Austria. Journal Of Archaeological Science: Reports, 35, 102670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102670

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