Irene Tunno

Staff Scientist
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Phone: +19254227378


  • Ph.D., Science and Technologies of Forest and Environmental Management, Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy, 2014
  • M.Sc., Forestry and Environmental Science, Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy, 2008
  • Bachelor, Forests Techniques and Wood Technology, Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy, 2005

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 also work on radiocarbon dating pollen from sediment cores in order to develop high-resolution age models that will help to reconstruct the climate history in California but not only, with a special attention to the past droughts, with the aim of understanding and constraining future risks.

Selected Publications

Hodelka, B. N., McGlue, M.M., Zimmerman, S., Ali, G., Tunno, I., 2020. Paleoproduction and environmental change at Mono Lake (eastern Sierra Nevada) during the Pleistocene- Holocene transition. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 543, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.109565

Mensing, S.A., Schoolman, E.M., Tunno, I., Noble, J.P., Sagnotti, L., Florindo, F., Piovesan, G., 2018. Historical ecology reveals landscape transformation coincident with cultural development in central Italy since Roman Period. Scientific Reports. 8, 2138. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20286-4

Mensing S., Tunno I., Cifani G., Passigli S., Noble P., and Piovesan G., 2016. Human and climatically induced environmental change in the Mediterranean during the Medieval

Burge D., Tunno I., Edlund M. Ulnaria acus. In Diatoms of North America. Retrieved November 13, 2018, from

Tunno I. and Mensing, S. 2017. The value of Non-Pollen Palynomorphs in interpreting palaeoecologic change in the Great Basin (Nevada, USA). Quaternary Research, 87, 529- 543

Climate Anomaly and Little Ice Age: A case from central Italy. Anthropocene doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2016.01.003

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. 2700 years of Mediterranean environmental change in central Italy: A synthesis of sedimentary and cultural records to interpret past impacts of climate on society. Quaternary Science Review, 116, 72-94. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.03.022

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

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