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Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra


Prof. Paola IACUMIN

Associate Professor


Telephone: +39 0521 906413




Her scientific research regards principally the different applications of methods and concepts peculiar of the stable isotope geochemistry and in particular the applications to the palaeoclimatology



Paola Iacumin was born in Palmanova (UD) on April 23 1964. She has about 15 years of experience in the field of isotope geochemistry: 
in 1988 degree, cum laude, in Geological Science at the University of Trieste; 
in 1989 recipient of the Prof. Zucchi and Stolfa prize in geochemistry;
in 1996 PhD in Earth Sciences at the University P. et M. Curie in Paris; 
in 1996 European PhD;
in 1996 recipient of the Minguzzi prize in geochemistry;
since 2000 researcher at the University of Parma, Earth Science Department;
since 2002 Associate Professor of Geochemistry at the University of Parma, Earth Science Department.
Co-author of more than 90 papers 80% of which in international journals


Publications (since 2006)


  • Iacumin P., Davanzo S. e Nikolaev V. 2006. Spatial and temporal variations in the 13C/12C and 15N/14N ratios of mammoth hairs: palaeodiet and palaeoclimatic implications. Chemical Geology, 231, 16-25.
  • Longinelli A., Anglesio E., Flora O., Iacumin P., Selmo E., 2006. Isotopic composition of precipitation in Norther Italy: reverse effect of anomalous climatic events. Journal of Hydrology, 329, 471-476.
  • Bragazza L., Freeman C., Jones T., Rydin H., Limpens J., Hellis T., Fenner N., Gerdol R., Hajek M., Hajek T., Iacumin P., Kutnar L., Tahvanainen T., Toberman H., 2006. Atmospheric nitrogen deposition promotes carbon loss from peat bogs. PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of  the US of America, 103 ( 51), 19386-19389.
  • Arkhipov A.A., Brilli M., Davanzo S., Demkin V.A., Longinelli A., Mikhalev D.V., Nikolaen V.I., Oleynik S.A., Rommanenko F.A., Ryskov YaG., Selmo E., Sulerzhitsky L.D., Iacumin P.,  2006. Stable Isotopes in palaeoecological studies. Collection of papers. V.I. Nikolawv (Ed.). Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 158 pp.
  • Ghidini, S., Ianieri, A., Zanardi, E., Iacumin, P., Bracchi, P.G., 2006. Stable isotopes determination in food authentication: A review  Ann. Fac. Medic. Vet. di Parma, 26: 193-204.
  • Venturelli G. e Iacumin P. 2006. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope fractionation in precipitation. A simple approach for teaching. GeoActa, 5, 25-37.
  • Bragazza L., Siffi C., Iacumin P., Gerdol R. 2007. Mass loss and nutrient release during litter decay in peatland: The role of microbial adaptability to litter chemistry. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 39, 257-267.
  • Coltorti M., Abbazzi L., Ferretti M.P., Iacumin P., Paredes Rios F., Pellegrini M., Pieruccini P., Rustioni M., Tito G. e Rook L. 2007. Last glacial mammals in South America: A new scenario from the Tarija Basin (Bolivia). Naturwissenschaften, 94: 288-299.
  • Gilbert M.T.P., L. P. Tomsho, S. Rendulic, M. Packard, D.I. Drautz, A. Sher, A.i Tikhonov, Ji Qi,I. Barnes, L.D., B. Shapiro, Chih-Hao Hsu, A. Lister, T. Kuznetsova, P. Kosintsev, P. F. Campos, J. Humphrey, T.s Higham, A. S. Wilson, B. Buigues, Per G. P. Ericson, M. Germonpré, A. Götherström, P. Iacumin, V. Nikolaev, M. Nowak-Kemp, E. Willerslev, A.M. Lesk, J.R. Knight, G, P. Irzyk, C. S. Perbost, K. M. Fredrikson, T. T. Harkins, S. Sheridan, W. Miller and S. C. Schuster, 2007. Whole-Genome Shotgun Sequencing of Mitochondria from Ancient Hair Shafts. Science. 317, 1927-1930.
  • Martelli G, Granati C, Toscani L, Iacumin P., Selmo E., 2007. Risultati preliminare delle indagini isotopiche svolte sulle acque delle falde profonde della bassa pianura Friulana. Giornale di Geologia Applicata, 6, 93-101.
  • Pellegrini M., Longinelli A., Iacumin P., 2007. La ricostruzione di paleoclimi e paleoambienti mediante l’uso degli isotopi radiogenici e stabili nei reperti fossili. In: "Clima e Cambiamenti Climatici, le attività di ricerca del CNR" (Edts B. Carli, G. Cavarretta, M. Colacino & S. Fuzzi), CNR. Roma, pp 193-197.
  • Iacumin P., Venturelli G., Burroni B., Toscani L. e Selmo E., 2007. The S. Andrea Bagni waters (Parma Province, Italy): inferences on their origin and mixing with strongly saline waters, and on microclimatic variations. In: “Developments in aquifers sedimentology and ground water flow studies in Italy”. Parma June 25, 2004. Memorie Descrittive Carta Geologica d’Italia (APAT), Roma. 76, 219-228.
  • Gerdol R., Petraglia A., Bragazza L., Iacumin P., Brancaleoni L., 2007. Nitrogen deposition interacts with climate in effecting production and decomposition rates in Shagnum mosses. Global Change Biology, 13, 8, 1810-1821.
  • Iacumin P., 2008. Stable isotopes as dietary indicators of Neolithic Nubian population. In S. Salvatori and D. Usai (Eds.) A Neolithic cemetery in the Northern Dongola Reach. Exavation at site R12. Sudan Archaeological Research Society. London. Chapter 10, vol. 1. pp 113-122.
  • Gilbert M.T.P., L. P. Tomsho, S. Rendulic, M. Packard, D.I. Drautz, A. Sher, A.i Tikhonov, Ji Qi,I. Barnes, L.D., B. Shapiro, Chih-Hao Hsu, A. Lister, T. Kuznetsova, P. Kosintsev, P. F. Campos, J. Humphrey, T.s Higham, A. S. Wilson, B. Buigues, Per G. P. Ericson, M. Germonpré, A. Götherström, P. Iacumin, V. Nikolaev, M. Nowak-Kemp, E. Willerslev, A.M. Lesk, J.R. Knight, G, P. Irzyk, C. S. Perbost, K. M. Fredrikson, T. T. Harkins, S. Sheridan, W. Miller and S. C. Schuster, 2008. Intraspecific phylogenetic analysis of siberian woolly mammoths  using complete mitochondrial genomes. PNAS, 105, 8327-8332.
  • Martin C., Bentaleb I., Kaandorp R, Iacumin P., Chatri K., 2008. Intra-tooth study of modern rhinoceros enamel 18O: is the difference between phosphate and carbonate 18O a sound diagenetic test? Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimatol., Paleoecol. 266, 183-189.
  • Boschetti C., Leonelli C., Corradi A., Iacumin P., Martini M., Sibilia E., Santoro S., Sassi B., 2008. Glass-working evidences at Dürres, Albania: An archaeological and archaeometric study. J. of Cultural Heritage, 9, e33-e36.
  • Iacumin P. 2008. Etude des isotopes stables : détermination du régime alimentaire de l’homme du Bichon. In: F.X. Chauvière (Ed.) La grotte du Bichon : un site préhistorique des montagnes neuchâteloises. Monographie Suisse, Archéologie Neuchateloise, 42, dossier 6, 1-4.
  • Iacumin P., Bernini L., Boschetti T., 2009. Climatic factors influencing the isotope composition of Italian olive oils and geographic characterisation. Rapid Comm. Mass Spec., 23, (3), 448-454.
  • Iacumin P., Venturelli G. e Selmo E., 2009. Isotopic features of rivers and underground waters of the Parma Province (Northern Italy) and their relationships with precipitation. J. Geochem. Explor., 102, 56-62.
  • Drucker, D.G., Bridault, A., Iacumin, P., Bocherens, H., 2009. Bone stable isotopic signatures (15N, 18O) as tracer of temperature variation in Lateglacial and early Holocene: case study of red deer from Rochedane site in French Jura. Geological Journal, 44, 593-604.
  • Bragazza L. Iacumin P., 2009. Seasonal variation in carbon isotopic composition of bog plant litter during 3 years of field decomposition. Biol Fertil. Soils, 46, 73-77.
  • Ryskov Ya G., Demkin V.A., Nikolayev V.I., Oleinik S.A., Iacumin P., 2009. Reconstructing the anthropogenic aridization of landscapes in antiquity and in the Middle Ages from isotopic data.  Geography and Natural Resources, 30, 187-193.
  • Quesnel, F., Dupuis, C., Yans, J., (...), Smith, T., Iacumin, P., 2009. Reconstructing the Late Paleocene-Early Eocene continental paleosurface in and around the Paris and adjacent Basins: New insights for paleogeographic, geodynamic and climatic studies. Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene. GNS Science Miscellaneous Series, 18: 101-105
  • Iacumin P., Di Matteo A., Nikolaev V. and Kuznetsova T.V., 2010. Climate information from C, N and O stable isotope analysis of mammoth bones from northern Siberia. Quaternary International, 212, 2, 206-212.
  • Palombo M., Mussi M., Agostini S., Barbieri M., Di Canzio E., Di Rita F., Fiore I., Iacumin P., Magri D., Speranza F., Tagliacozzo A., 2010. Human peopling of Italian intramontane basins: The Early Middle Pleistocene site of Pagliare di Sassa (L’Aquila, central Italy). Quaternary International, 223-224, 170-178.
  • Bragazza L. Iacumin P., Siffi C., Gerdol R., 2010. Seasonal variation in nitrogen isotopic composition of bog plant litter during 3 years of field decomposition. Biol Fertil. Soils, 44, 877-881.
  • Stenni B., Masson-Delmonte V., Selmo E., Oerter H., Meyer H., Rothlisberger R., Jouzel J., Cattani O., Falourd S., Fischer H., Hoffmann G., Iacumin P., Johnsen S., Minster B. 2010. The deuterium excess records of EPICA Dome C and Dronning Maud Land ice cores (East Antarctica). Quaternary Science Review, 29, 146-159.
  • Racchetti E., Bartoli M., Ribaudo C., Longhi D., Brito L.E.Q., Naldi M., Iacumin P., Viaroli P., 2010. Short term changes in pore water chemistry in river sediments during the earlycolonization by Vallisneria spiralis. Hydrobiologia, 652, 127-137.
  • Grube R., Palombo R., Iacumin P., Di Matteo A., 2010. What did the fossil elephants from Neumark-Nord eat? In: H. Meller (Ed.), Elefantenreich – Eine fossilwelt in Europa. Lansdmuseum fur Vorgeschichte, Halle,  pp. 253-272. ISBN 978-3-939414-48-3.
  • Boldrini R., Palombo M.R. Iacumin P., Melis R.T., 2010. The middle Pleistocene fossiliferous sequence of Grotta dei Fiori (Sardinia, Italy); multidisciplinary analysis. Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana. 49; 2, 123-134.
  • Usai, D., Salvatori, S., Iacumin, P., (...), Jakob, T., Zerboni, A., 2010. Excavating a unique pre-Mesolithic cemetery in central Sudan. Antiquity, 323.
  • Palombo, M.R., Iacumin, P., 2010. What did straight-tusked elephants eat?  Quaternaire HS, 3: 108-109
  • Boschetti T., Toscani L., Shouakar-Stash O., Iacumin P., Venturelli G., Mucchino C., Frape S.K., 2011. Salt waters of Northern Appenine Foredeep Basin (Italy): origin and evolution. Aquatic Geochemistry, 17, 1, 71-108,
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10498-010-9107-y.
  • Stenni, B., D. Buiron, M. Frezzotti, S. Albani, C. Barbante, E. Bard, J. M. Barnola, M. Baroni, M. Baumgartner, M. Bonazza, E. Capron, E. Castellano, J. Chappellaz, B. Delmonte, S. Falourd, L. Genoni, P. Iacumin, J. Jouzel, S. Kipfstuhl, A. Landais, B. Lemieux-Dudon, V. Maggi V. Masson-Delmotte, C. Mazzola, B. Minster, et al., 2011. Expression of the bipolar see-saw in Antarctic climate records during the last deglaciation. Nature Geoscience, 4, 46–49 doi:10.1038/ngeo1026.
  • Smith T., Dupuis C., Folie A., Quesnel F., Storme J.Y., Iacumin P., Riveline J., Missiaen P., Ladevèze S., Yans J., 2011. A new terrestrial vertebrate site just after the Paleocene-Eocene boundary in the Mortemer Formation of Upper Normandy, France. C.R. Palevol, 10, 11-20.
  • Boschetti T., Cortecci G., Toscani L., Iacumin P., 2011. Sulfur and oxygen isotope composition of Upper Triassic sulfates from Northern Apennines (Italy): paleogeographic and hydrogeochemical implications. Geologica Acta, 9, 2 129-147.
  • Chiavaro E., Cerretani L., Di Matteo A., Barnaba C., Bendini A., Iacumin P., 2011. Application  of a multidisciplinary approach for the evaluation of traceability of extra virgin olive oil. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. 113, 1509-1519.
  • Storme J-Y, Dupuis C., Schnyder J., Quesnel F., Garel S., Iakovleva A.I., Iacumin P., Di Matteo A., Sebilo M., Yans J., 2012. Cycles  of  humid-dry  climate  conditions  around  the  Paleocene-Eocene boundary: new data from high-resolution carbon and nitrogen stable  isotopes of organic matter in terrestrial setting. Terra Nova, 24, 114-122.
  • Nikolaev V.I., Iacumin P., Di Matteo A., Kuznetsova T.V., 2012. Reconstruction of past climate basing on the isotopic composition of carbon from fossil remains. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 5, 14-27.
  • Storme J-Y., Devleeschouwer X., Schnyder J., Cambier G., Baceta J.I., Pujalte V., Iacumin P., Yans J., 2012. The Paleocene/Eocene boundary section  at Zumaia  (Basque Basin)  revisited: new  insights from high resolution magnetic susceptibility and carbon isotope chemostratigraphy on organic matter (δ13Corg). Terra Nova, 24 (4),  310-317.
  • Gerdol R., Siffi, C., Iacumin P., Gualmini M., Tomaselli M., 2013. Advanced snowmelt affects vegetative growth and sexual reproduction of Vaccinium myrtillus in a sub-alpine heath. Journal of Vegetation Science. 24 (3), 569-579 .
  • Stassen P., Dupuis C., Steurbaut E., Yans J., Storme J.Y., Morsi A., Iacumin P., Speijer R.P., 2013. Unraveling the Paleocene/Eocene thermal maximum in shallow marine Tethyan environments: the Tunisian stratigraphic record. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 46/1, 69-91.
  •  Yans J., Amaghzaz M.B., Cappetta H., Iacumin P., Kocsis L., Mouflih M., Selloum O., Sen S., Storme J-Y., Gheerbrant E., 2014. First carbon isotope chemostratigraphy of the Ouled Abdoum phosphate Basin, Morocco; implications for dating and evolution of earliest African placental mammals. Gondwana Research, 25/1: 257-269.
  • Iacumi P., Galli E., Cavalli F., Cecere L., 2014.  C4-consumers in Southern Europe: the case of Friuli V.G. (NE-Italy) during early and middle Middle Ages. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. On line. In stampa.
  • Gerdol, R., Marchesini, R., Iacumin, P., Brancaleoni, L., 2014. Monitoring temporal trends of air pollution in an urban area using mosses and lichens as biomonitors. Chemosphere, in stampa.
  • Iacumin P., Di Matteo A., Mantovani L., 2014. Gli isotopi stabili nelle popolazioni del Neolitico Medio. Rivista di Studi Liguri, Atti del convegno “Il pieno sviluppo del Neolitico in Italia”. (In stampa).
  • Storme J-Y., Steurbaut E., Devleeschouwer X., Depuis C., Iacumin P., Rochez G., Yans J., Low-latitude climatic and sea-level perturbations across the Danian-Selandian boundary: new insights from decoupled carbon isotopes, biotic and geophysical proxies.  Inviato a: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.