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Dr Silvia Frisia

Associate Professor

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Earth Sciences)

Predicting the future by uncovering the past

The University of Newcastle's  Associate Professor Silvia Frisia refers to herself as a storyteller rather than a scientist and expresses a great admiration for scientific minds such as Leonardo da Vinci whom she describes as 'my favourite genius'.

"He was good at everything. He could write very well, he was an excellent painter, he was an engineer and architect, he was a geologist and a botanist! I think what made him so good was actually quite simple – he was an observer."

Associate Professor Frisia joined the University of Newcastle in 2007 after many years working internationally and brings with her a strong reputation for collaboration, something she is keen to ensure her students embrace.

With increasing climate and environmental challenges, Associate Professor Frisia's work within Earth Sciences employs cutting edge technologies to attempt to reveal more about the history of the earth and also the history of humans. More recently, this work has taken herdeep within a cave in Italy to help extract the oldest Neanderthal DNA yet recorded.

Associate Professor Silvia Frisia"This man lived over 130,000 years ago and is an incredible find, however radio carbon dating is only useful to within the last 50,000 years and other techniques we could have employed were too destructive. Thus, we had to use the calcite crust encasing the body to get the age"

Using our Australian Synchrotron and others located all over the world, Silvia's expertise involves the examination of crystal structures and their elemental composition to dig deep into the past and find information about how the environment changed across cold and warm periods.

"Understanding the earth's physical past helps us understand the human story. Changing climate is just one part of a series of complex, interlocking processes."

Future areas of research for Associate Professor Frisia include possible investigation of climate information from Australian cave formations, ongoing work in the Cook Islands with a particular focus on how governments may devise adaptation strategies from information in relation to past events when there were serious climate changes.

Increasingly she is encouraging her students to strive to be competitive within the international environment and to enjoy the process."We're building up a team with collaborations not just in Australia but internationally, so I want to provide students with a way of thinking logically and independently and ultimately be able to write a great story."

Predicting the future by uncovering the past

Associate Professor Silvia Frisia's work within Earth Sciences employs cutting edge technologies to attempt to reveal more about the history of the earth and a

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Career Summary

Biography

Silvia has specialised in carbonate mineralogy and geochemistry while doing her Master of Science research at Berkeley (USA). She used Transmission Electron Microscopy and stable isotope analyses to recognise multi-step dolomitisation in carbonate platforms. Subsequently, she pioneered the study of terrestrial carbonate micro-structural and micro-morphological analyses as tool to reconstruct changes in their environments of formation, and relate these changes to climate and environmental parameters. These studies became the baseline for speleothem-based palaeoclimate Subsequently, Silvia pioneered the application of synchrotron radiation micro X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy to speleothem studies. A major breakthrough of synchrotron work was the detection of sulphate layers in stalagmites which recorded past volcanic eruptions. The impact of Silvia's work is obviously circumscribed within the Earth Sciences community, and more specifically within carbonate and speleothem researchers. The overall impact in the specified communities is large, but small if compared to the impact of medical, ecological, economic research.

Research Expertise
Carbonates: sedimentology, mineralogy and geochemistry. Fabrics, trace element composition and C isotope composition of calcite and aragonite cements formed in continental (cave deposits) and marine (pore-filling) settings. Diagenesis in carbonate platforms, with particular focus on dolomitization. Diagenesis in continental carbonates with implications for re-setting of chemical signals. Synchrotron radiation bases micr XRF spectroscopy applied to low temperature carbonate geochemistry.

Teaching Expertise
Sedimentology and diagenesis of carbonates. Climate and environmental changes in the past 20.000 years reconstructed from geochemical and mineralogical properties of carbonates. Geomorphology. 

Collaborations
Carbonate minerals petrology, geochemistry and crystallography focused on detecting and solving environmental problems. Stratigraphy, sedimentary petrology and diagenesis of carbonate platforms. Optical, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy-based definition of carbonate minerals fabrics aimed at palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimate reconstructions. C-fluxes and C-isotope exchange in Karst environments.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Research, University of Milan - Italy
  • Master of Science, University of California, Berkeley - USA

Keywords

  • C-fluxes in karst systems
  • Carbonate Geochemistry
  • Carbonate Mineralogy
  • Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Global Changes
  • Sedimentary Petrology
  • Speleothems
  • Synchrotron Radiation-based low temperature geochemistry

Languages

  • French (Fluent)
  • Italian (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
020499Condensed Matter Physics not elsewhere classified10
040310Sedimentology25
040699Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified65

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1994 - 1/05/2007Research AssociateMuseo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali
1/01/1985 - 1/12/1987Research AssociateUniversita' degli Studi di Milano
Italy
1/03/1978 - 1/11/1981Sedimentary PetrologistAGIP Oil Company
Italy
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Frisia S, Borsato A, 'Karst', Carbonates in Continental Settings: Facies, Environments, and Processes, Elsevier, Amsterdam 269-318 (2010) [B1]
2010Fairchild IJ, Spotl C, Frisia S, Borsato A, Susini J, Wynn PM, et al., 'Petrology and geochemistry of annually laminated stalagmites from an Alpine cave (Obir, Austria): Seasonal cave physiology', Tufas and Speleothems: Unravelling the Microbial and Physical Controls, Geological Society Publishing House, Bath, United Kingdom 295-321 (2010) [B1]
DOI10.1144/sp336.16
CitationsScopus - 23
2007Fairchild IJ, Frisia S, Borsato A, Tooth AF, 'Speleothems', Geochemical Sediments & Landscapes, Blackwell Publishing, Malden 200-245 (2007) [B1]
CitationsScopus - 36

Journal article (71 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Preto N, Breda A, Dal Corso J, Spötl C, Zorzi F, Frisia S, 'Primary dolomite in the Late Triassic Travenanzes Formation, Dolomites, Northern Italy: Facies control and possible bacterial influence', Sedimentology, 62 697-716 (2015)

In the late Carnian (Late Triassic), a carbonate-clastic depositional system including a distal alluvial plain, flood basin and sabkha, tidal flat and shallow carbonate lagoon was... [more]

In the late Carnian (Late Triassic), a carbonate-clastic depositional system including a distal alluvial plain, flood basin and sabkha, tidal flat and shallow carbonate lagoon was established in the Dolomites (Northern Italy). The flood basin was a muddy supratidal environment where marine carbonates and continental siliciclastics interfingered. A dolomite phase made of sub-micrometre euhedral crystals with a mosaic microstructure of nanometre-scale domains was identified in stromatolitic laminae of the flood basin embedded in clay. This dolomite is interpreted here as primary and has a nearly stoichiometric composition, as opposed to younger early diagenetic (not primary) dolomite phases, which are commonly calcian. This primary dolomite was shielded from later diagenetic transformation by the clay. The stable isotopic composition of dolomite was analyzed along a depositional transect. The d13C values range between ca -6¿ and +4¿, with the most 13C-depleted values in dolomites of the distal alluvial plain and flood basin, and the most 13C-enriched in dolomites of the tidal flat and lagoon. Uniform d18O values ranging between 0¿ and +3¿ were found in all sedimentary facies. It is hypothesized that the primary dolomite with mosaic microstructure nucleated on extracellular polymeric substances secreted by sulphate reducing bacteria. A multi-step process involving sabkha and reflux dolomitization led to partial replacement and overgrowth of the primary dolomite, but replacement and overgrowth were facies-dependent. Dolomites of the landward, clay-rich portion of the sedimentary system were only moderately overgrown during late dolomitization steps, and partly retain an isotopic signature consistent with bacterial sulphate reduction with d13C as low as -6¿. In contrast, dolomites of the marine, clay-free part of the system were probably transformed through sabkha and reflux diagenetic processes into calcian varieties, and exhibit d13C values of ca +3¿. Major shifts of d13C values strictly follow the lateral migration of facies and thus mark transgressions and regressions.

DOI10.1111/sed.12157
2015Frisia S, 'Microstratigraphic logging of calcite fabrics in speleothems as tool for palaeoclimate studies', International Journal of Speleology, 44 1-16 (2015)

The systematic documentation of calcite fabrics in stalagmites and flowstones provides robustness to palaeoclimate interpretation based on geochemical proxies, but it has been neg... [more]

The systematic documentation of calcite fabrics in stalagmites and flowstones provides robustness to palaeoclimate interpretation based on geochemical proxies, but it has been neglected because it is difficult to transform crystal morphologies into numerical values, and construct fabric time series. Here, general criteria that allow for coding fabrics of calcite composing stalagmites and flowstones is provided. Being based on known models of fabric development, the coding ascribes sequential numbers to each fabric, which reflect climaterelated parameters, such as changes in drip rate variability, bio-mediation or diagenetic modifications. Acronyms are proposed for Columnar types, Dendritic, Micrite, Microsparite and Mosaic fabrics, whose use could then render possible comparison of calcite fabrics in stalagmites and flowstones from diverse latitudinal and altitudinal settings. The climatic and environmental significance of similarities in the geochemical signals and trends analysed in coeval stalagmites and flowstones (or differences in the signals and trends) will be more robust when compared with fabric time series. This is particularly true where, such as in the Holocene, changes in geochemical values may be subtle, yet fabrics may show changes related to variations in supersaturation, drip rate or input of detrital particles or organic compounds. The proposed microstratigraphic logging allows recognition of changes in stable isotope ratio or trace element values that can be ascribed to hydrology and diagenesis, with considerable improvement of reconstructions based on the chemical proxies of stalagmites and flowstones composed of calcite.

DOI10.5038/1827-806X.44.1.1
2015Lari M, Di Vincenzo F, Borsato A, Ghirotto S, Micheli M, Balsamo C, et al., 'The Neanderthal in the karst: First dating, morphometric, and paleogenetic data on the fossil skeleton from Altamura (Italy)', Journal of Human Evolution, 82 88-94 (2015)

In 1993, a fossil hominin skeleton was discovered in the karst caves of Lamalunga, near Altamura, in southern Italy. Despite the fact that this specimen represents one of the most... [more]

In 1993, a fossil hominin skeleton was discovered in the karst caves of Lamalunga, near Altamura, in southern Italy. Despite the fact that this specimen represents one of the most extraordinary hominin specimens ever found in Europe, for the last two decades our knowledge of it has been based purely on the documented on-site observations. Recently, the retrieval from the cave of a fragment of bone (part of the right scapula) allowed the first dating of the individual, the quantitative analysis of a diagnostic morphological feature, and a preliminary paleogenetic characterization of this hominin skeleton from Altamura. Overall, the results concur in indicating that it belongs to the hypodigm of Homo neanderthalensis, with some phenetic peculiarities that appear consistent with a chronology ranging from 172±15ka to 130.1±1.9ka. Thus, the skeleton from Altamura represents the most ancient Neanderthal from which endogenous DNA has ever been extracted.

DOI10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.02.007
2015Borsato A, Frisia S, Wynn PM, Fairchild IJ, Miorandi R, 'Sulphate concentration in cave dripwater and speleothems: Long-term trends and overview of its significance as proxy for environmental processes and climate changes', Quaternary Science Reviews, (2015)

Sulphate concentrations in speleothems identify major volcanic eruptions, provide useful information on soil and aquifer dynamics and, in similar fashion to the <sup>14</sup>C bom... [more]

Sulphate concentrations in speleothems identify major volcanic eruptions, provide useful information on soil and aquifer dynamics and, in similar fashion to the 14C bomb peak, its Anthropocene peak can be used to date recent cave formations. However, the transmission of S from the atmosphere to cave dripwater and its incorporation in speleothems is subjected to biogeochemical cycling and accurate studies of each cave site are needed in order to assess how the S atmospheric signal is modified and eventually encoded in speleothems. This study investigates the role of biogeochemical cycling and aquifer hydrology by utilising published and new dripwater and speleothem data from Grotta di Ernesto (ER) in northern Italy. Here we provide the first long-term record of sulphate concentration in cave dripwater based on over 20 years of measurements. Fast drip site st-ER1 is characterised by a continuous decrease in SO4 concentration from a high of 7.5±0.8mg/l in 1993-1994 to a low of 2.2±0.2mg/l in 2013-2014, and replicates with a delay of ~15 years the decline in the atmospheric SO2 emissions. The S-series of slow flow ER78 site is further delayed by ~4.5 years in relation to the S retention in the aquifer matrix. The dripwater data are used to extend the previously published S record (1810-1998 AD) of stalagmite ER78 and reconstruct the anthropogenic S-peak: this displays a delay of ~20 years with respect to the atmospheric S emission peak due to biogeochemical cycling and aquifer storage. However, sulphur recycling above the cave did not operate with the same degree of efficiency through time, which resulted in a variable time delay between S deposition and incorporation into the stalagmite. In the pre-Anthropocene era, and in particular during the cold Little Ice Age, biogeochemical cycling was far less efficient than today, and the fast transmission of the atmospheric signal allowed capture of S released during major volcanic eruptions by stalagmites.

DOI10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.016
2015Luetscher M, Boch R, Sodemann H, Spötl C, Cheng H, Edwards RL, et al., 'North Atlantic storm track changes during the Last Glacial Maximum recorded by Alpine speleothems', Nature Communications, 6 (2015)

The European Alps are an effective barrier for meridional moisture transport and are thus uniquely placed to record shifts in the North Atlantic storm track pattern associated wit... [more]

The European Alps are an effective barrier for meridional moisture transport and are thus uniquely placed to record shifts in the North Atlantic storm track pattern associated with the waxing and waning of Late-Pleistocene Northern Hemisphere ice sheets. The lack of well-dated terrestrial proxy records spanning this time period, however, renders the reconstruction of past atmospheric patterns difficult. Here we present a precisely dated, continuous terrestrial record of meteoric precipitation in Europe between 30 and 14.7 ka. In contrast to present-day conditions, our speleothem data provide strong evidence for preferential advection of moisture from the South across the Alps supporting a southward shift of the storm track during the local Last Glacial Maximum (that is, 26.5-23.5 ka). Moreover, our age control indicates that this circulation pattern preceded the Northern Hemisphere precession maximum by ~3 ka, suggesting that obliquity may have played a considerable role in the Alpine ice aggradation.

DOI10.1038/ncomms7344
2014Badertscher S, Borsato A, Frisia S, Cheng H, Edwards RL, Tüysüz O, Fleitmann D, 'Speleothems as sensitive recorders of volcanic eruptions - the Bronze Age Minoan eruption recorded in a stalagmite from Turkey', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 392 58-66 (2014) [C1]

Mounting evidence exists that variations in sulphur content in stalagmites are closely linked to changes in volcanic or anthropogenic atmospheric sulphur. The strong dependency of... [more]

Mounting evidence exists that variations in sulphur content in stalagmites are closely linked to changes in volcanic or anthropogenic atmospheric sulphur. The strong dependency of sulphur on soil pH and ecosystem storage, however, can result in a delay of several years to decades in the registration of volcanic eruptions and anthropogenic emissions by stalagmites. Here we present synchrotron-radiation based trace element analysis performed on a precisely-dated section of a stalagmite from Sofular Cave in Northern Turkey. As this section covers the time interval of the intensively studied Minoan volcanic eruption between 1600 and 1650 BC, we can test whether this vigorous eruption can be traced in a stalagmite. Of all measured trace elements, only bromine shows a clear short-lived peak at 1621 ± 25 BC, whereas sulphur and molybdenum show peaks later at 1617 ± 25 and 1589 ± 25 respectively. We suggest that all trace element peaks are related to the Minoan eruption, whereas the observed phasing of bromine, molybdenum and sulphur is related to differences in their retention rates in the soil above Sofular Cave. For the first time, we can show that bromine appears to be an ideal volcanic tracer in stalagmites, as it is a prominent volatile component in volcanic eruptions, can be easily leached in soils and rapidly transferred from the atmosphere through the soil and bedrock into the cave and stalagmite respectively. Highly resolved oxygen and carbon isotope profiles indicate that the Minoan eruption had no detectable climatic and environmental impact in Northern Turkey. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2014.01.041
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014Hobley E, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, Jacobsen G, 'Vertical distribution of charcoal in a sandy soil: evidence from DRIFT spectra and field emission scanning electron microscopy', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE, 65 751-762 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/ejss.12171Author URL
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2014Hobley E, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, Jacobsen G, 'Stability and storage of soil organic carbon in a heavy-textured Karst soil from south-eastern Australia', Soil Research, 52 476-482 (2014) [C1]

Both aggregation and mineral association have been previously found to enhance soil organic carbon (SOC) storage (the amount of organic C retained in a soil), and stability (the l... [more]

Both aggregation and mineral association have been previously found to enhance soil organic carbon (SOC) storage (the amount of organic C retained in a soil), and stability (the length of time organic C is retained in a soil). These mechanisms are therefore attractive targets for soil C sequestration. In this study, we investigate and compare SOC storage and stability of SOC associated with fine minerals and stored within aggregates using a combination of particle-size fractionation, elemental analysis and radiocarbon dating. In this heavy-textured, highly aggregated soil, SOC was found to be preferentially associated with fine minerals throughout the soil profile. By contrast, the oldest SOC was located in the coarsest, most highly aggregated fraction. In the topsoil, radiocarbon ages of the aggregate-associated SOC indicate retention times in the order of centuries. Below the topsoil, retention times of aggregate-SOC are in the order of millennia. Throughout the soil profile, radiocarbon dates indicate an enhanced stability in the order of centuries compared with the fine mineral fraction. Despite this, the radiocarbon ages of the mineral-associated SOC were in the order of centuries to millennia in the subsoil (30-100cm), indicating that mineral-association is also an effective stabilisation mechanism in this subsoil. Our results indicate that enhanced SOC storage does not equate to enhanced SOC stability, which is an important consideration for sequestration schemes targeting both the amount and longevity of soil carbon. © CSIRO 2014.

DOI10.1071/SR13296
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2014Preto N, Breda A, Dal Corso J, Spo tl C, Zorzi F, Frisia S, 'Primary dolomite in the Late Triassic Travenanzes Formation, Dolomites, Northern Italy: Facies control and possible bacterial influence', Sedimentology, (2014)

In the late Carnian (Late Triassic), a carbonate-clastic depositional system including a distal alluvial plain, flood basin and sabkha, tidal flat and shallow carbonate lagoon was... [more]

In the late Carnian (Late Triassic), a carbonate-clastic depositional system including a distal alluvial plain, flood basin and sabkha, tidal flat and shallow carbonate lagoon was established in the Dolomites (Northern Italy). The flood basin was a muddy supratidal environment where marine carbonates and continental siliciclastics interfingered. A dolomite phase made of sub-micrometre euhedral crystals with a mosaic microstructure of nanometre-scale domains was identified in stromatolitic laminae of the flood basin embedded in clay. This dolomite is interpreted here as primary and has a nearly stoichiometric composition, as opposed to younger early diagenetic (not primary) dolomite phases, which are commonly calcian. This primary dolomite was shielded from later diagenetic transformation by the clay. The stable isotopic composition of dolomite was analyzed along a depositional transect. The d13C values range between ca -6¿ and +4¿, with the most 13C-depleted values in dolomites of the distal alluvial plain and flood basin, and the most 13C-enriched in dolomites of the tidal flat and lagoon. Uniform d18O values ranging between 0¿ and +3¿ were found in all sedimentary facies. It is hypothesized that the primary dolomite with mosaic microstructure nucleated on extracellular polymeric substances secreted by sulphate reducing bacteria. A multi-step process involving sabkha and reflux dolomitization led to partial replacement and overgrowth of the primary dolomite, but replacement and overgrowth were facies-dependent. Dolomites of the landward, clay-rich portion of the sedimentary system were only moderately overgrown during late dolomitization steps, and partly retain an isotopic signature consistent with bacterial sulphate reduction with d13C as low as -6¿. In contrast, dolomites of the marine, clay-free part of the system were probably transformed through sabkha and reflux diagenetic processes into calcian varieties, and exhibit d13C values of ca +3¿. Major shifts of d13C values strictly follow the lateral migration of facies and thus mark transgressions and regressions.

DOI10.1111/sed.12157
2014Lari M, Di Vincenzo F, Borsato A, Ghirotto S, Micheli M, Balsamo C, et al., 'The Neanderthal in the karst: First dating, morphometric, and paleogenetic data on the fossil skeleton from Altamura (Italy)', Journal of Human Evolution, (2014)

In 1993, a fossil hominin skeleton was discovered in the karst caves of Lamalunga, near Altamura, in southern Italy. Despite the fact that this specimen represents one of the most... [more]

In 1993, a fossil hominin skeleton was discovered in the karst caves of Lamalunga, near Altamura, in southern Italy. Despite the fact that this specimen represents one of the most extraordinary hominin specimens ever found in Europe, for the last two decades our knowledge of it has been based purely on the documented on-site observations. Recently, the retrieval from the cave of a fragment of bone (part of the right scapula) allowed the first dating of the individual, the quantitative analysis of a diagnostic morphological feature, and a preliminary paleogenetic characterization of this hominin skeleton from Altamura. Overall, the results concur in indicating that it belongs to the hypodigm of Homo neanderthalensis, with some phenetic peculiarities that appear consistent with a chronology ranging from 172±15ka to 130.1±1.9ka. Thus, the skeleton from Altamura represents the most ancient Neanderthal from which endogenous DNA has ever been extracted.

DOI10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.02.007
2014Moreno A, Svensson A, Brooks SJ, Connor S, Engels S, Fletcher W, et al., 'A compilation of Western European terrestrial records 60-8kaBP: Towards an understanding of latitudinal climatic gradients', Quaternary Science Reviews, 106 167-185 (2014) [O1]

Terrestrial records of past climatic conditions, such as lake sediments and speleothems, provide data of great importance for understanding environmental changes. However, unlike ... [more]

Terrestrial records of past climatic conditions, such as lake sediments and speleothems, provide data of great importance for understanding environmental changes. However, unlike marine and ice core records, terrestrial palaeodata are often not available in databases or in a format that is easily accessible to the non-specialist. As a consequence, many excellent terrestrial records are unknown to the broader palaeoclimate community and are not included in compilations, comparisons, or modelling exercises. Here we present a compilation of Western European terrestrial palaeo-records covering, entirely or partially, the 60-8-ka INTIMATE time period. The compilation contains 56 natural archives, including lake records, speleothems, ice cores, and terrestrial proxies in marine records. The compilation is limited to include records of high temporal resolution and/or records that provide climate proxies or quantitative reconstructions of environmental parameters, such as temperature or precipitation, and that are of relevance and interest to a broader community. We briefly review the different types of terrestrial archives, their respective proxies, their interpretation and their application for palaeoclimatic reconstructions. We also discuss the importance of independent chronologies and the issue of record synchronization. The aim of this exercise is to provide the wider palaeo-community with a consistent compilation of high-quality terrestrial records, to facilitate model-data comparisons, and to identify key areas of interest for future investigations. We use the compilation to investigate Western European latitudinal climate gradients during the deglacial period and, despite of poorly constrained chronologies for the older records, we summarize the main results obtained from NW and SW European terrestrial records before the LGM.

DOI10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.06.030
CitationsScopus - 8
2013Wynn PM, Borsato A, Baker A, Frisia S, Miorandi R, Fairchild IJ, 'Biogeochemical cycling of sulphur in karst and transfer into speleothem archives at Grotta di Ernesto, Italy', BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 114 255-267 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10533-012-9807-zAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2013Hobley E, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, Jacobsen G, 'Environmental and site factors controlling the vertical distribution and radiocarbon ages of organic carbon in a sandy soil', BIOLOGY AND FERTILITY OF SOILS, 49 1015-1026 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00374-013-0800-zAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2013Belli R, Frisia S, Borsato A, Drysdale R, Hellstrom J, Zhao J-X, Spoetl C, 'Regional climate variability and ecosystem responses to the last deglaciation in the northern hemisphere from stable isotope data and calcite fabrics in two northern Adriatic stalagmites', QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 72 146-158 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.04.014Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2013Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, 'Definition of the Anthropocene: a view from the Underworld', Geological Society Special Publication, 395 239-254 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1144/SP395.7
CitationsScopus - 2
2013Johnston VE, Borsato A, Spoetl C, Frisia S, Miorandi R, 'Stable isotopes in caves over altitudinal gradients: fractionation behaviour and inferences for speleothem sensitivity to climate change', CLIMATE OF THE PAST, 9 99-118 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.5194/cp-9-99-2013Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 4
2012Hartland A, Fairchild IJ, Lead JR, Borsato A, Baker A, Frisia S, Baalousha M, 'From soil to cave: Transport of trace metals by natural organic matter in karst dripwaters', Chemical Geology, 304 68-82 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 27Web of Science - 23
2012Scholz D, Frisia S, Borsato A, Spotl C, Fohlmeister J, Mudelsee M, et al., 'Holocene climate variability in north-eastern Italy: Potential influence of the NAO and solar activity recorded by speleothem data', Climate of the Past, 8 1367-1383 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2012Frisia S, Borsato A, Drysdale RN, Paul B, Greig A, Cotte M, 'A re-evaluation of the palaeoclimatic significance of phosphorus variability in speleothems revealed by high-resolution synchrotron micro XRF mapping', Climate of the Past Discussions, 8 2039-2051 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.5194/cp-8-2039-2012
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 9
2011Luetscher M, Hoffman DL, Frisia S, Spotl C, 'Holocene glacier history from alpine speleothems, Milchbach cave, Switzerland', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302 95-106 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2010.11.042
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 15
2011Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Fohlmeister J, Miorandi R, Spotl C, Borsato A, 'Carbon mass-balance modelling and carbon isotope exchange processes in dynamic caves', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75 380-400 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2010.10.021
CitationsScopus - 57Web of Science - 55
2011Boch R, Spotl C, Frisia S, 'Origin and palaeoenvironmental significance of lamination in stalagmites from Katerloch Cave, Austria', Sedimentology, 58 508-531 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-3091.2010.01173.x
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 20
2010Wynn PM, Fairchild IJ, Frisia S, Spotl C, Baker A, Borsato A, Eimf, 'High-resolution sulphur isotope analysis of speleothem carbonate by secondary ionisation mass spectrometry', Chemical Geology, 271 101-107 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.chemgeo.2010.01.001
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 17
2010Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Gagan MK, Frisia S, Zhao J-X, Ayliffe LK, et al., 'Evidence for Holocene changes in Australian-Indonesian monsoon rainfall from stalagmite trace element and stable isotope ratios', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 292 27-38 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2010.01.002
CitationsScopus - 45Web of Science - 39
2010Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Vonhof HB, Gagan MK, Zhao J-X, Ayliffe LK, et al., 'Younger Dryas-Holocene temperature and rainfall history of southern Indonesia from delta-O-18 in speleothem calcite and fluid inclusions', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 295 30-36 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2010.03.018
CitationsScopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2010Fohlmeister J, Schroder-Ritzrau A, Spotl C, Frisia S, Miorandi R, Kromer B, Mangini A, 'The influences of hydrology on the radiogenic and stable carbon isotope composition of cave drip water, Grotta di Ernesto (Italy)', Radiocarbon, 52 1529-1544 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2010Frisia S, Borsato A, 'Chapter 6 Karst', Developments in Sedimentology, 61 269-318 (2010) [C3]

Karst environments are regions where sparingly soluble rocks outcrop and efficient acid hydrolysis creates spectacular dissolution landforms. The release of CO 2 from karst waters... [more]

Karst environments are regions where sparingly soluble rocks outcrop and efficient acid hydrolysis creates spectacular dissolution landforms. The release of CO 2 from karst waters to the atmosphere causes precipitation of calcium-carbonate deposits, which, in caves, are collectively known as speleothems. Karst carbonate deposits capture climate and environmental signals in their macro- and micro-morphological characteristics, their mineral composition, and their chemical properties. They can be precisely dated with radiometric techniques and, thus, constitute an archive of climate change for millions of years. Karst carbonate formation is a product of both inorganic and organic processes. The influence of bacteria appears to be particularly important in the formation of calcareous tufa, deposits which commonly dam flowing water at both surface and subsurface. Bacteria also play a role in favouring the growth of mineral fibres in cave moonmilk, a plastic and powdery deposit consisting mostly of water and calcite. The most typical products of deposition in the subsurface karst environment are speleothems consisting of a rigid and relatively fragile arrangement in successive layers of calcium-carbonate crystals, which are here referred to as sparitic speleothems. Stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones mostly consist of calcite, and less commonly of aragonite or other minerals, which reflect events that occurred at the surface in their fabrics, trace-element composition, stable-isotope ratio and organic chemistry. The focus of this chapter is on issues related to the formation of karst deposits and their significance as palaeoclimate archives. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/S0070-4571(09)06106-8
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2010Miorandi R, Borsato A, Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Richter DK, 'Epikarst hydrology and implications for stalagmite capture of climate changes at Grotta di Ernesto (NE Italy): Results from long-term monitoring', Hydrological Processes, 24 3101-3114 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1002/hyp.7744
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2009Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Gagan MK, Zhao J-X, Ayliffe LK, Hellstrom JC, et al., 'Increasing Australian-Indonesian monsoon rainfall linked to early Holocene sea-level rise', Nature Geoscience, 2 636-639 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1038/ngeo605
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2009Smith CL, Fairchild IJ, Spotl C, Frisia S, Borsato A, Moreton SG, Wynn PM, 'Chronology building using objective identification of annual signals in trace element profiles of stalagmites', Quaternary Geochronology, 4 11-21 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.quageo.2008.06.005
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2009Fairchild IJ, Loader NJ, Wynn PM, Frisia S, Thomas PA, Lageard JGA, et al., 'Sulfur fixation in wood mapped by synchrotron X-ray studies: Implications for environmental archives', Environmental Science & Technology, 43 1310-1315 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1021/es8029297
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2009Belli R, Frisia S, Drysdale RN, Borsato A, 'A multidisciplinary approach to the study of an archaeological site: The case of Riparo Dalmeri (Trentino, Italy)', Quaternary Australasia, 26 2-7 (2009) [C1]
2008Frisia S, Badertscher S, Borsato A, Susini J, Gokturk OM, Cheng H, et al., 'The use of stalagmite geochemistry to detect past volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts', PAGES News, 16 25-26 (2008) [C2]
2008Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Frisia S, Gagan M, Zhao J, Fischer M, et al., 'Multi-proxy Evidence of Australian Summer Monsoon Variability During the Holocene: Links to the East-Asian Monsoon and the North Atlantic', AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, A1418-A1418 (2008)
2008Mattey D, Lowry D, Duffet J, Fisher R, Hodge E, Frisia S, 'A 53 year seasonally resolved oxygen and carbon isotope record from a modern Gibraltar speleothem: Reconstructed drip water and relationship to local precipitation', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 269 80-95 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2008.01.051
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2008Blyth AJ, Frisia S, 'Molecular evidence for bacterial mediation of calcite formation in cold high-altitude caves', Geomicrobiology Journal, 25 101-111 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1080/01490450801934938
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2008Frisia S, Susini J, Borsato A, 'Synchrotron radiation applications to past volcanism archived in speleothems: An overview', Journal of Vulcanology and Geothermal Research, 177 96-100 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2007.11.010
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2007Frisia S, Filippi ML, Borsato A, 'Evoluzione climatico-ambientale in Trentino dal Tardoglaciale all'Olocene: Sintesi delle conscenze alla luce dei risultati emersi dai progetti AQUAPAST e OLOAMBIENT', Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali. Acta Geologica, 82 325-330 (2007) [C2]
2007Mason HE, Frisia S, Tang Y, Reeder RJ, Phillips BL, 'Phosphorus speciation in calcite speleothems determined from solid-state NMR spectroscopy', EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 254 313-322 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2006.11.040Author URL
CitationsScopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2007Borsato A, Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Somogyi A, Susini J, 'Trace element distribution in annual stalagmite laminae mapped by micrometer-resolution X-ray fluorescence: Implications for incorporation of environmentally significant species', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 71 1494-1512 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2006.12.016Author URL
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2006Frisia S, Borsato A, Mangini A, Spoetl C, Madonia G, Sauro U, 'Holocene climate variability in Sicily from a discontinuous stalagmite record and the Mesolithic to Neolithic transition', QUATERNARY RESEARCH, 66 388-400 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.yqres.2006.05.003Author URL
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2006Frisia S, Borsato A, Mangini A, Spötl C, Madonia G, Sauro U, 'Holocene record of climate changes and land use in Sicily reconstructed from a stalagmite', Quaternary Research, 66 388-400 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.yqres.2006.05.003
2006Smith CL, Baker A, Fairchild IJ, Frisia S, Borsato A, 'Reconstructing hemispheric-scale climates from multiple stalagmite records', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, 26 1417-1424 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1002/joc.1329Author URL
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 20
2006Smith CL, Baker A, Fairchild IJ, Frisia S, 'Reconstructing Regional Climates from Multiple Stalagmite Records', International Journal of Climatology, - 1417-1424 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1002/joc.1329
2005Frisia S, Borsato A, Susini J, Somogyi A, 'Climate forcings and their influence on Alpine history as reconstructed through the application of synchrotron-based X-ray microfluorescence on layered stalagmites', ARCHAEOMETRY, 47 209-219 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1475-4754.2005.00197.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2005Frisia S, Borsato A, Fairchild IJ, Susini J, 'Variations in atmospheric sulphate recorded in stalagmites by synchrotron micro-XU and XANES analyses', EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 235 729-740 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2005.03.026Author URL
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2005McMillan EA, Fairchild IJ, Frisia S, Borsato A, McDermott F, 'Annual trace element cycles in calcite-aragonite speleothems: evidence of drought in the western Mediterranean 1200-1100 yr BP', JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 20 423-433 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1002/jqs.943Author URL
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2005Frisia S, Borsato A, Spotl C, Villa IM, Cucchi F, 'Climate variability in the SE Alps of Italy over the past 17 000 years reconstructed from a stalagmite record', BOREAS, 34 445-455 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1080/03009480500231336Author URL
CitationsScopus - 62Web of Science - 56
2004Frisia S, Borsato A, Fairchild IJ, Susini J, 'Variations of atmospheric sulphate recorded in stalagmites', ESRF Highlights, - 0-0 (2004) [C2]
2003Frisia S, Borsato A, Preto N, McDermott F, 'Late Holocene annual growth in three Alpine stalagmites records the influence of solar activity and the North Atlantic Oscillation on winter climate', EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 216 411-424 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S0012-821X(03)00515-6Author URL
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2002Frisia S, Borsato A, Mackenzie FT, Tomasoni R, 'Dissolution experiments and natural weathering of carbonates.', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 66 A247-A247 (2002)
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2002Frisia S, Borsato A, Fairchild IJ, McDermott F, Selmo EM, 'Aragonite-calcite relationships in speleothems (Grotte de Clamouse, France): Environment, fabrics, and carbonate geochemistry', JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH, 72 687-699 (2002) [C1]
DOI10.1306/020702720687Author URL
CitationsScopus - 89Web of Science - 84
2001Huang HM, Fairchild IJ, Borsato A, Frisia S, Cassidy NJ, McDermott F, Hawkesworth CJ, 'Seasonal variations in Sr, Mg and P in modern speleothems (Grotta di Ernesto, Italy)', CHEMICAL GEOLOGY, 175 429-448 (2001)
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2001Fairchild IJ, Baker A, Borsato A, Frisia S, Hinton RW, McDermott F, Tooth AF, 'Annual to sub-annual resolution of multiple trace-element trends in speleothems', JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 158 831-841 (2001)
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2001Antonioli F, Silenzi S, Frisia S, 'Tyrrhenian Holocene palaeoclimate trends from spelean serpulids', QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 20 1661-1670 (2001)
DOI10.1016/S0277-3791(01)00012-9Author URL
CitationsScopus - 35Web of Science - 34
2000Fairchild IJ, Borsato A, Tooth AF, Frisia S, Hawkesworth CJ, Huang YM, et al., 'Controls on trace element (Sr-Mg) compositions of carbonate cave waters: implications for speleothem climatic records', CHEMICAL GEOLOGY, 166 255-269 (2000)
DOI10.1016/S0009-2541(99)00216-8Author URL
CitationsScopus - 206Web of Science - 198
2000Borsato A, Frisia S, Jones B, Van der Borg K, 'Calcite moonmilk: Crystal morphology and environment of formation in caves in the Italian Alps', JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH, 70 1171-1182 (2000)
DOI10.1306/032300701171Author URL
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2000Frisia S, Borsato A, Fairchild IJ, McDermott F, 'Calcite fabrics, growth mechanisms, and environments of formation in speleothems from the Italian Alps and southwestern Ireland', JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH, 70 1183-1196 (2000)
DOI10.1306/022900701183Author URL
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2000Borsato A, Frisia S, Jones B, Van Der Borg K, 'Calcite moonmilk: Crystal morphology and environment of formation in caves in the Italian Alps', Journal of Sedimentary Research, Section A: Sedimentary Petrology and Processes, 70 1179-1182 (2000)

Calcite moonmilk, which is a cave deposit formed of calcite crystals and water, is found in many caves in the Italian Alps. These modern and ancient deposits are formed of fiber c... [more]

Calcite moonmilk, which is a cave deposit formed of calcite crystals and water, is found in many caves in the Italian Alps. These modern and ancient deposits are formed of fiber calcite crystals, 50-500 nm wide and 1 to > 10 µm long, and polycrystalline chains that have few crystal defects. Radiocarbon dating indicates that most moonmilk deposits in these caves are fossil and that for most precipitation ceased ~ 6400 cal years BP, at the end of the mid-Holocene Hypsithermal. In the caves of the Italian Alps, the optimal conditions for formation of calcite moonmilk are: (1) a temperature range of 3.5-5.5°C, (2) low discharge volumes of seepage waters that are slightly supersaturated (SICAL = 0.0 to ~ 0.2), and (3) relative humidity that is at or close to 100%. Microbial activity apparently did not play an active role in the formation of the calcite moonmilk. Conditions for moonmilk formation are typically found in caves that are located beneath land surfaces, which are soil covered and support a conifer forest. Precipitation of the fiber calcite crystals apparently involved very slow flow of slightly supersaturated fluids. The fact that moonmilk appears to form under a narrow range of environmental conditions means that this cave deposit has potential as a paleoclimatic indicator in high alpine karst areas. Copyright © 2000, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

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2000Borsato A, Frisia S, Jones B, Van Der Borg K, 'Calcite moonmilk: Crystal morphology and environment of formation in caves in the Italian Alps', Journal of Sedimentary Research, Section A: Sedimentary Petrology and Processes, 70 1179-1182 (2000)

Calcite moonmilk, which is a cave deposit formed of calcite crystals and water, is found in many caves in the Italian Alps. These modern and ancient deposits are formed of fiber c... [more]

Calcite moonmilk, which is a cave deposit formed of calcite crystals and water, is found in many caves in the Italian Alps. These modern and ancient deposits are formed of fiber calcite crystals, 50-500 nm wide and 1 to > 10 µm long, and polycrystalline chains that have few crystal defects. Radiocarbon dating indicates that most moonmilk deposits in these caves are fossil and that for most precipitation ceased ~ 6400 cal years BP, at the end of the mid-Holocene Hypsithermal. In the caves of the Italian Alps, the optimal conditions for formation of calcite moonmilk are: (1) a temperature range of 3.5-5.5°C, (2) low discharge volumes of seepage waters that are slightly supersaturated (SICAL = 0.0 to ~ 0.2), and (3) relative humidity that is at or close to 100%. Microbial activity apparently did not play an active role in the formation of the calcite moonmilk. Conditions for moonmilk formation are typically found in caves that are located beneath land surfaces, which are soil covered and support a conifer forest. Precipitation of the fiber calcite crystals apparently involved very slow flow of slightly supersaturated fluids. The fact that moonmilk appears to form under a narrow range of environmental conditions means that this cave deposit has potential as a paleoclimatic indicator in high alpine karst areas. Copyright © 2000, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

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1999McDermott F, Frisia S, Huang YM, Longinelli A, Spiro B, Heaton THE, et al., 'Holocene climate variability in Europe: Evidence from delta O-18, textural and extension-rate variations in three speleothems', QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 18 1021-1038 (1999)
DOI10.1016/S0277-3791(98)00107-3Author URL
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1997Avanzini M, Frisia S, Van den Driessche K, Keppens E, 'A dinosaur tracksite in an early liassic tidal flat in Northern Italy: Paleoenvironmental reconstruction from sedimentology and geochemistry', PALAIOS, 12 538-551 (1997)
DOI10.2307/3515410Author URL
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1994Iannace A, Frisia S, 'Changing dolomitization styles from Norian to Rhaetian in the southern Tethys realm', Dolomites: a volume in honour of Dolomieu, 75-89 (1994)

Two different styles of dolomitization pertain to these Late Triassic ages. The Rhaetian appears as a period of transition between the production of large bodies of early diagenet... [more]

Two different styles of dolomitization pertain to these Late Triassic ages. The Rhaetian appears as a period of transition between the production of large bodies of early diagenetic dolomite of the Norian and the lack of such in the succeeding Jurassic/Cretaceous, at least in the Tethyan domain. The Rhaetian transition is probably related to a change from the very particular palaeogeographic/tectonic/climatic setting in which deposition and diagenesis of the Norian carbonates occurred. Norian carbonate shelves developed in the extensive Pangea Gulf, which was bordered landward by wide evaporitic deposits, indicating arid climatic conditions. The Rhaetian transgression, with terrigenous input and a more humid climate, by terminating these conditions, greatly hindered surface dolomitization. -from Authors

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1994Frisia S, 'Mechanisms of complete dolomitization in a carbonate shelf: comparison between the Norian Dolomia Principale (Italy) and the Holocene of Abu Dhabi sabkha', Dolomites: a volume in honour of Dolomieu, 55-74 (1994)
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1993WENK HR, HU MS, FRISIA S, 'PARTIALLY DISORDERED DOLOMITE - MICROSTRUCTURAL CHARACTERIZATION OF ABU-DHABI SABKHA CARBONATES', AMERICAN MINERALOGIST, 78 769-774 (1993)
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1993FRISIA S, WENK HR, 'TEM AND AEM STUDY OF PERVASIVE, MULTISTEP DOLOMITIZATION OF THE UPPER TRIASSIC DOLOMIA PRINCIPALE (NORTHERN ITALY)', JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY, 63 1049-1058 (1993)
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1992Jadoul F, Berra F, Frisia S, 'Stratigraphic and paleogeographic evolution of a carbonate platform in an extensional tectonic regime: the example of the Dolomia Principale in Lombardy (Italy)', Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 98 29-44 (1992)

Stratigraphic and sedimentologic studies of the Norian succession outcropping in the Lombardy Basin allowed the reconstruction of the paleogeographic and structural evolution of t... [more]

Stratigraphic and sedimentologic studies of the Norian succession outcropping in the Lombardy Basin allowed the reconstruction of the paleogeographic and structural evolution of this area. The observed asymmetric distribution of buildup margins and fault-scarp related breccias leads to a model of Norian ensialic asymmetric rifting for the Lombardy Basin being proposed. This could be explained by interpreting the Lombardy Basin as a pull-apart basin, linked to transtension with E-W trending faults. -from Authors

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1991Jadoul F, Berra F, Frisia S, Ricchiuto T, Ronchi P, 'Stratigraphy, paleogeography and genetic model, of late Carnian carbonate breccias (Castro Formation, Lombardy, Italy)', Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 97 355-391 (1991)

The stratigraphic and paleogeographic analysis of the Carnian-Norian boundary succession in central Lombardy allows the recognition of a new unit, the Castro Formation. This unit,... [more]

The stratigraphic and paleogeographic analysis of the Carnian-Norian boundary succession in central Lombardy allows the recognition of a new unit, the Castro Formation. This unit, 100-250 m thick, is represented by carbonatic intraformational breccias and associated limestones. Geochemical analyses show differences between the Castro Fm. and the overlying and underlying units, possibly because of early diagenetic meteoric imprint. The Castro Fm. depositional setting is represented by coastal ephemeral lakes with periodic emersions and erosional, tectonically controlled phenomena in a monsoonal regime. -from Authors

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1990Frisia Bruni S, 'TEM investigation of the shell of the brachiopod Thecospira tyrolensis (Loretz): a clue to understanding growth and replacement of prismatic and/or fibrous low Mg-calcite?', Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 96 77-92 (1990)

The shell of Thecospira tyrolensis (Loretz) is characterized by three distinct layers consisting of low Mg-calcite. The primary layer consists of microcrystalline calcite and it i... [more]

The shell of Thecospira tyrolensis (Loretz) is characterized by three distinct layers consisting of low Mg-calcite. The primary layer consists of microcrystalline calcite and it is often diagenetically altered. The secondary layer is composed of imbricate fibres subparallel to the valve surface. The tertiary layer (prismatic) is made of calcite prisms perpendicular to the outer epithelium of the mantle and was formed by epithelial cells that reverted to inorganic secretion. Transmission electron microscopy allowed us to recognize crystal defects (sets of microtwins and dislocations) which, by creating abutting surfaces and kinks, represent favourable sites where new "calcite seeds' attach themselves to the crystal surface. -from Author

1989Frisia-Bruni S, Jadoul F, Weissert H, 'Evinosponges in the Triassic Esino Limestone (Southern Alps): documentation of early lithification and late diagenetic overprint', Sedimentology, 36 685-699 (1989)

Along its margin and within the open subtidal facies, the Esino Limestone contains calcite cement-filled cavitities of cm to m size. These features, known as evinosponges, may for... [more]

Along its margin and within the open subtidal facies, the Esino Limestone contains calcite cement-filled cavitities of cm to m size. These features, known as evinosponges, may form pervasive networks within the host rock. These fibrous cements, which were probably precipitated in the marine or marine-meteoric phreatic environment, were affected by late diagenetic processes that caused mineral deformation and isotopic depletion through recrystallization and the admixture of a later calcite. -from Authors

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1988Jadoul F, Frisia S, 'The evinosponge: a genetic hypothesis for calcite cements in the Ladinian platform of the Lombardy pre-alps, Italy', Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 94 81-103 (1988)

The "evinosponge' are globose structures, both isolated and in anastomotic groups, whose size ranges from a few centimeters up to 3 meters. Each structure consists of several isop... [more]

The "evinosponge' are globose structures, both isolated and in anastomotic groups, whose size ranges from a few centimeters up to 3 meters. Each structure consists of several isopachous concentric crusts composed of low-Mg calcite crystals arranged in pseudofibres. Individual calcite crystals show irregular intercrystalline boundaries, deformed twins and cleavages and strong undulose extinction. Located within the medium-upper part of the ladinian-Esino Limestone, the "evinosponge' are distinctive of those facies, such as open subtidal, prograding margin and slope, which are characterised by a high primary porosity and are facing the deep basins of the Wengen Formation. Although the "evinosponge' are not pervasive in all the Esino Limestone platform margins, they represent up to the 70% of the whole rock in some areas. Formerly interpreted as fossil organisms, the "evinosponge' are here considered typical reef cements whose morphology developed through processes of dissolution and reprecipitation during early to burial diagenetic stages. -English summary

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2012Frisia S, Woodhead JD, 'Stalactites and stalagmites', Encyclopedia of Caves (2012) [D1]

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2015Frisia S, Borsato A, Bajo P, Hellstrom J, 'The role of crystal structure and fabrics in early diagenesis: examples from continental and marine settings', Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 17, EGU2015-3068, 2015, Vienna, Austria (2015)
2015Borsato A, Frisia S, Miorandi R, 'Carbon dioxide concentration in caves and soils in an alpine setting: implications for speleothem fabrics and their palaeoclimate significance', Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 17, EGU2015-3069, 2015, Vienna, Austria (2015)
2014Ansell IA, Drysdale RN, Hellstrom J, Frisia S, 'NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE EFFECT OF THE BIPOLAR SEESAW ON THE MIDLATITUDES OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE DURING THE LAST GLACIAL PERIOD', The University of Melbourne, Melbourne (2014) [E3]
2014WOODHEAD JD, DRYSDALE RN, SNIDERMAN K, BLYTH A, HELLSTROM J, FRISIA S, 'Speleothem archives of Cenozoic climate transitions', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, SACRAMENTO, California (2014) [E3]
2013Frisia S, Augustinus P, Hellstrom J, Borsato A, Drysdale RN, Weyrich L, et al., 'Subglacial biochemical weathering and transport drove fertilization in the Southern Ocean during Antarctic temperature maxima', American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, USA (2013) [E3]
2012Frisia S, Borsato A, Woodhead J, Drysdale RN, Johnston VE, Blyth AJ, 'Fabrics and geochemistry of Nullarbor speleothems: A regional perspective on the 'wet' Early Pliocene', Abstract Volume. 4th Daphne DFG-Forschergruppe Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany (2012) [E3]
2012Johnston VE, Borsato A, Spotl C, Hellstrom JC, Frisia S, Eggins SM, 'Termination II and Eemian climate in Trentino, Italy', Abstract Volume. 4th Daphne DFG-Forschergruppe Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany (2012) [E3]
2012Borsato A, Johnston VE, Frisia S, Eggins S, Cotte M, 'High-resolution trace elements analyses in speleothems: Recent advances and comparison between LA-ICP-MS and SR-MICRO-XRF teachniques', Abstract Volume. 4th Daphne DFG-Forschergruppe Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany (2012) [E3]
2012Frisia S, Borsato A, Drysdale R, Paul B, Cotte M, Greig A, 'Palaeoclimatic significance of phosphorus variability in tropical and sub tropical speleothems revealed by high-resolution synchrotron micro XRF mapping', Abstracts of the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francsisco, CA (2012) [E3]
2012Luetscher M, Boke A, Frisia S, Hoffmann D, Spotl C, 'Des stalagmites informent sur les fluctuations passées du Glacier supérieur de Grindelwald', Proceedings of the 13th National Congress of Speleology, Muotathal, Switzerland (2012) [E2]
2012Fleitmann D, Borsato A, Frisia S, Badertscher S, Cheng H, Edwards RI, Tuysuz O, 'Speleothems as sensitive recorders of volcanic eruptions - The Bronze Age Minoan eruption recorded in a stalagmite from Turkey', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2012) [E3]
2012Hobley EU, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, Jacobsen G, 'Chemical changes in soil charcoal of differing ages inferred from DRIFT spectra', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2012Frisia S, Hellstrom J, Borsato A, Drysdale R, Cotte M, Augustinus P, 'Evolution of LGM subglacial environments in eastern Antarctica archived in calcites', 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012Hobley EU, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, 'Depth dependency, retention and stabilisation of organic carbon in a sandy tenosol', 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012. Abstracts, Bari, Italy (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2012Hobley EU, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, 'A quick, easy and low-cost method for sampling CO2 in soil gas', 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012. Abstracts, Bari, Italy (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2012Hobley EU, Willgoose GR, Frisia S, Jaconsen G, 'A comparison of radiocarbon ages in organic carbon of charcoal and particle-size fractions in a sandy soil from South-East Australia', 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012. Abstracts, Bari, Italy (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2012Johnston VE, Borsato A, Frisia S, Spoetl C, Edwards R, Cheng H, et al., 'Was the Eemian warmer than the Holocene? Indications from high- and low-altitude speleothems in the Italian Alps', AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, San Francisco, CA, USA (2012) [E3]
2011Belli R, Frisia S, Borsato A, Drysdale R, Maas R, Hellstrom J, 'Evidence for complex early Holocene climate variability in the northern Mediterranean reagion from Stalagmite SV1, Savi Cave (ne Italy)', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
2011Fairchild IJ, Hartland A, Mueller W, Baker A, Spoetl C, Wynn P, et al., 'High-resolution elemental proxies in speleothems: What do they mean?', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
2011Belli R, Frisia S, Drysdale R, Borsato A, Maas R, Hellstrom J, 'A multi-proxy record of local ecosystem dynamics and soil development during the Late-Glacial to Holocene transition from a Grotta Savi (Italy) stalagmite', Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR6) Abstracts, Birmingham (2011) [E3]
2011Borsato A, Johnston VE, Miorandi R, Frisia S, Corradini F, 'Dripwater hydrochemistry from alpine caves: altitudinal and seasonal variability and implications for speleothem studies', Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR6) Abstracts, Birmingham (2011) [E3]
2011Frisia S, Martin-Garcia R, Woodhead J, Borsato A, Zobec JS, 'Deposition and alteration: key to the interpretation of speleothem proxies', Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR6) Abstracts, Birmingham (2011) [E3]
2011Hartland A, Fairchild IJ, Lead JR, Baker A, Borsato A, Frisia S, Baalousha M, 'From soil to cave: NOM-facilitated transport of trace metals in speleothem-forming groundwaters', Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR6) Abstracts, Birmingham (2011) [E3]
2011Woodhead JD, Hellstrom JC, Drysdale RS, Pickering R, Frisia S, Blyth A, 'Speleothems at U-Th equilibrium: Their chronology and utility', Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR6) Abstracts, Birmingham (2011) [E3]
2011Wynn PM, Fairchild IJ, Loader NJ, Baker A, Frisia S, Borsato A, Spotl C, 'Interrogating speleothems and trees as archives of sulphur deposition', Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR6) Abstracts, Birmingham (2011) [E3]
2011Green H, White S, Drysdale R, Frisia S, Woodhead J, Hellstrom J, Hergt J, 'Exploring the potential of speleothem palaeoclimate records from S.E Australia', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2011 Abstracts, Wollongong (2011) [E3]
2010Frisia S, Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Borsato A, Gagan MK, Hellstrom J, et al., 'Sub-annual trace element variability in a speleothem from Flores Indonesia: A record of soil processes', 1st Australasian 2k (Aus2K) PAGES Regional Workshop: Towards Data Synthesis: Proceedings, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Borsato A, Miorandi M, Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Richter DK, 'Long-term drip-rate and hydrochemical study at Grotta di Ernesto (Northern Italy) and their implications for stalagmite capture of climate changes', Daphne DFG Forschergruppe 3rd Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria (2010) [E3]
2010Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Borsato A, Fohlmeister J, Miorandi M, Spotl C, 'Carbon mass balance modelling and carbon isotopes exchange processes in dynamic caves', Daphne DFG Forschergruppe 3rd Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria (2010) [E3]
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2010.10.021
2010Frisia S, Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Borsato A, Gagan MK, Hellstrom J, et al., 'Arsenic and sulphate trends in a speleothem from Indonesia: A micro X-ray fluorescence study', Daphne DFG Forschergruppe 3rd Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria (2010) [E3]
2010Badertscher S, Flietmann D, Frisia S, Berger A, Gokturk O, 'Santorini eruption recorded in a stalagmite from Sofular Cave, Northern Turkey', Daphne DFG Forschergruppe 3rd Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria (2010) [E3]
2010Griffiths M, Drysdale R, Hellstrom J, Frisia S, Fischer M, Gagan M, Ayliffe A, 'Apparent abrupt temperature increase in the southern equatorial tropics of the western Pacific during DO21', Daphne DFG Forschergruppe 3rd Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria (2010) [E3]
2010Griffiths M, Drysdale R, Hua Q, Hellstrom J, Frisia S, Gagan M, et al., 'Assessment of climatic influences on 14C activity in a Holocene stalagmite from Flores, Indonesia', Daphne DFG Forschergruppe 3rd Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria (2010) [E3]
2010Oskierski HC, Bailey JG, Frisia S, Kennedy EM, Dlugogorski BZ, 'Natural analogues to mineral sequestration of CO2: Petrographic constraints on the formation of serpentinite hosted magnesite veins', Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Turku, Finland (2010) [E2]
Co-authorsBogdan Dlugogorski, Eric Kennedy
2010Martin-Garcia R, Alonso-Zarza AM, Frisia S, Hellstrom J, Martin-Perez A, 'Multistep diagenesis in a stalagmite: A new way of approach to palaeoclimate studies', 18th International Sedimentological Congress: Abstracts Volume, Mendoza, Argentina (2010) [E3]
2009McDonald J, Drysdale RN, Hodge E, Hua Q, Fischer M, Frisia S, et al., 'One thousand year palaeohydrological record derived from SE Australian stalagmites', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2009) [E3]
2009Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Gagan M, Zhao JX, Ayliffe L, Hellstrom J, et al., 'Post-glacial coupling of the Australasian monsoon and teleconnections to the North Atlantic: New insights from Indonesian speleothems', Past Climates Meeting 2009: Abstracts, Tongarewa, NZ (2009) [E3]
2008Griffiths ML, Drysdale RN, Frisia S, Gagan M, Ayliffe L, Zhao J-X, et al., 'Post-glacial evolution of tropical monsoon precipitation from east Indonesian speleothems', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2008) [E3]
2008Couchoud I, Drysdale RN, Hellstrom JC, Zanchetta G, Woodhead JD, Frisia S, Greig A, 'A multi-proxy study of an active subaqueous speleothem containing a 1 Ma paleoclimate record', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2008) [E3]
2008McDermott F, Jackson AS, Mangini A, Mattey DP, Frisia S, 'C-14 variability in two late Holocene stalagmites and the implications for climate forcing mechanisms', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vancouver, ONT (2008) [E3]
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2007Wynn PM, Fairchild IJ, Baker A, Frisia S, Borsato A, Miorandi M, Spotl C, 'High resolution ion microprobe analysis of sulphur isotopes in speleothem carbonate', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Cologne, GERMANY (2007)
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2006Fairchild IJ, Baker A, Fuller L, Borsato A, Miorandi R, Frisia S, et al., 'Speleophysiology: a key to understanding high-resolution information in speleothem', Archives of Climate Change in Karst, B ile Herculane, Romania (2006) [E3]
2006Frisia S, Borsato A, Mangini A, Spötl C, Madonia G, Sauro U, 'Hydrological changes in NW Sicily from a discontinuous Holocene stalagmite record.', Geophysical Research Abstracts, - (2006) [E3]
2006Frisia S, Fleitmann D, Borsato A, Meibom A, Fairchild IJ, 'Atmospheric sulphate increase in the past 200 years recorded in stalagmites from Italy and Oman', Geophysical Research Abstracts, - (2006) [E3]
2006Stoykova D, Sauro U, Borsato A, Cucchi F, Forti P, Frisia S, 'Climatic Cycles from Annual to Orbital Scale, their origin and stability', Geophysical Research Abstracts, - (2006) [E3]
2006Frisia S, Borsato A, Somogyi A, Fairchild IJ, Susini J, 'Environment-sensitive trace-element concentration in speleothems as detected by synchrotron µ-XRF', Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, - (2006) [E3]
2006Borsato A, Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Somogyi A, Susini J, 'Sub-monththly to daily trace element distribution in annually laminated stalagmites mapped by synchrotron micro X-Ray Fluorescence', Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, - (2006) [E3]
2006Borsato A, Frisia S, Fairchild IJ, Somogyi A, Susin J, 'Sub-monthly to daily trace element distribution in annually laminated stalagmite mapped by synchrotron micro X-ray fluorescence', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (2006)
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.223Author URL
2006Frisia S, Borsato A, Somogyi A, Fairchild IJ, Susini J, 'Environment-sensitive trace element concentration in speleothems as detected by synchrotron mu-XRF', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (2006)
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.373Author URL
2006Mason HE, Hausner D, Frisia S, Tang Y, Reeder RJ, Strongin DR, Phillips BL, 'Phosphorus distribution in calcite speleothems from solid-state NMR and AFM', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (2006)
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.804Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2006Wynn PM, Fairchild IJ, Baker A, Frisia S, Borsato A, Miorandi R, 'Atmospheric forcing of sulphate in speleothem carbonate', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (2006) [E3]
DOI10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.1541Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2005Fairchild IJ, Baker A, Mattey D, Spötl C, McDermott F, Baldini L, et al., 'High-resolution approaches to understanding short- and long-term trends in speleothem geochemical records', Abstract PP21-D05, - (2005) [E3]
2005Frisia S, Borsato A, Spötl C, Villa IM, Cucchi F, 'Climate Variability in the Central Eastern Alps of Italy over the last 17,000 years reconstructed from stalagmite records', Conference Abstracts, Mainz, Germany (2005) [E3]
2005Frisia S, Borsato A, Spötl C, 'Late Holocene climate swings recorded in italian speleothems and cultural changes', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2005) [E3]
2005Frisia S, Borsato A, Spötl C, 'Non equilibrium fabrics in speleothems: Implications for palaeoclimate reconstructions', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2005) [E3]
2005Borsato A, Frisia S, Richards DA, Miorandi R, Davanzo S, 'Discontinuous Holocene stalagmite growth from a shallow alpine cave (Cogola di Giazzera, NE Italy)', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2005) [E3]
2005Bertò A, Borsato A, Frisia S, Miorandi R, Zardi D, 'Monthly isotopic signal of the precipitated water in the province of Trento: Lagrangian analysis and discussion of measurements', Hrvatski Meteoroloski Casopis (2005) [E3]

The present work has been performed in the framework of the research project AQUAPAST. The main focus of AQUAPAST is the reconstruction of past climate changes in the atmospheric ... [more]

The present work has been performed in the framework of the research project AQUAPAST. The main focus of AQUAPAST is the reconstruction of past climate changes in the atmospheric circulation and in particular in the water vapour transport mechanism over the Mediterranean area starting from the analysis of the isotopic content of cave speleothemes in the Trentino Province (North-East of Italy). A Lagrangian methodology for the reconstruction and the analysis of the airstreams which govern the transport of water vapour has been applied to recent events. The average monthly isotopic signal of the precipitation water sampled in stations located in key geographic settings in the Province of Trento is used as tracer to infer the origin of the precipitating water and to validate Lagrangian analysis. A comparison between the isotopic signal of November 2002 and November 2003 is here presented, as most of the yearly precipitation falls in November over the Eastern Alps. Hypotheses are proposed about the meteorological factors (e.g. monthly averaged sea surface temperature atmospheric circulation, etc.) determining different isotopic signal in the two years.

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2004Tamburini F, Ariztegui D, Frisia S, Borsato A, Coccioni R, 'Two new methods for high-resolution Micro-XRF analyses of trace elements in speleothems', Eos Transactions AGU, San Francisco (2004) [E3]
2004Borsato A, Frisia S, Miorandi R, Corradini F, 'Chemical speciation and saturation state in Alpine cave dripwaters', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Univ Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DENMARK (2004) [E3]
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2004Frisia S, Borsato A, Susini J, Fairchild IJ, 'Sulphate in speleothems records atmospheric sulphate variability', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Univ Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DENMARK (2004) [E3]
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CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2003Frisia S, Borsato A, Preto N, McDermott F, 'Solar Driven climate changes recorded in Holocene alpine speleothems', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Nice, France (2003) [E3]
2003Preto N, Frisia S, Borsato A, McDermott F, Spötl C, 'Evidence of late Holocene solar influence on Alpine climate from speleothems', Abstracts with Programs, Reno, United States (2003) [E3]
2003Borsato A, Frisia S, Longinelli A, Selmo EM, 'Stable isotope monitoring of Alpine karstic springs in the Trentino province (NE-Italy)', Applied Environmental Geology, Vienna (2003) [E3]
2003Borsato A, Sauro U, Cucchi F, Forti P, Frisia S, Miorandi R, et al., 'Late Pleistocene and Holocene North Mediterranean climate record from Grotta Savi', Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, Montpellier, France (2003) [E3]
2003Sauro U, Agnesi V, Borsato A, Camuffo D, Cucchi F, Forti P, et al., 'Late Quaternary environmental changes in Italy from speleothems: a N-S traverse. Climatic Change', Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, Montpellier, France (2003) [E3]
2003Frisia S, Magini A, Spoetl C, Madonia G, Borsato A, Piccini L, Miorandi R, 'Holocene paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental evolution in the Central Mediterranean from Grotta di Carburangeli speleothem record', Climatic Change: The Karst Record III, Montpellier, France (2003) [E3]
2003Borsato A, Tomasoni R, Frisia S, Longinelli A, Selmo E, 'Monitoraggio isotopico di acque meteoriche e sorgenti carsiche in Trentino occidentale', Geoitalia, Bellaria (2003) [E3]
2003Frisia S, Borsato A, Somogyi A, Susini J, 'Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence analysis of annually laminated Alpine stalagmites Climatic Change', Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence analysis of annually laminated Alpine stalagmites Climatic Change, Montpellier, France (2003) [E3]
1999Fairchild IJ, Tooth AF, Huang YM, Borsato A, Frisia S, McDermott F, Spiro B, 'Bedrock and climatic controls on the cationic composition of karst waters', GEOCHEMISTRY OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND (1999)
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2014Baio P, Drysdale RN, Hellstrom J, Woodhead J, Ferretti P, Zanchetta G, et al., 'A speleothem record of south European climate during the Middle Pleistocene transition', ( pp.29-30): The University of Melbourne (2014) [O1]
2014Baio P, Hellstrom J, Frisia S, Drysdale R, Woodhead J, 'The ¿outlier problem¿ in speleothem geochronology- high resolution dating of a holocene stalagmite', ( pp.31-32): The University of Melbourne (2014) [O1]
2014Vanghi V, Frisia S, Borsato A, Hellstrom J, 'Coralloid speleothems associated with Neanderthal skeleton in Altamura cave (Southern Italy): environmental constrain and paleoclimate significance', ( pp.160-161): The University of Melbourne (2014) [O1]
2014Frisia S, Borsato A, Wynn P, Fairchild I, Miorandi R, 'Sulphur concentration in cave dripwater and speleothems: an overview of its significance as proxy of environmental processes and climate forcing', ( pp.81-82): The University of Melbourne (2014) [O1]
2014Frisia S, Belli R, Borsato A, Frisia S, Drysdale R, Maas R, Greig A, 'Sources and sinks of Strontium and Magnesium in two Late Glacial stalagmites reconstructed from a multi proxy approach', ( pp.38-39): The University of Melbourne (2014) [O1]
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Number of grants36
Total funding$1,985,751

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20151 grants / $1,200

Trace elements concentration in coralloid speleothems associated with Neanderthal skeleton in Altamura cave (Southern Italy): paleoenvironmental constrain and paleoclimate significance$1,200

Funding body: Australian Synchrotron

Funding bodyAustralian Synchrotron
Project TeamDoctor Andrea Borsato, Doctor Silvia Frisia, Miss Valentina Vanghi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500003
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20145 grants / $32,920

Speleothem archives of hydroclimate drivers in the Southern Pacific.$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeStrategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401038
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Bridging the gap between microbes and minerals: a new perspective on palaeoclimate reconstruction from cave deposits $10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Professor Hugh Dunstan
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400023
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2014$5,220

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeVisiting Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401052
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemePVC Conference Assistance Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401190
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Petrography of Sedimentary Rocks from Narrabri$700

Funding body: Farrell Mining

Funding bodyFarrell Mining
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400614
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20135 grants / $300,640

Centre for Sediment Tracing and Surface Modelling$230,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Gregory Hancock, Doctor Anthony Kiem, Doctor Danielle Verdon-Kidd, Doctor Silvia Frisia, Professor Garry Willgoose
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200138
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Individuazione, caratterizzazione e datazione di concrezioni antiche in Trentino (COAN3)$61,658

Funding body: Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali

Funding bodyMuseo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300786
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2013$4,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeVisiting Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1401139
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

PhD Scholarship for Romina Belli$2,982

Funding body: University of Melbourne

Funding bodyUniversity of Melbourne
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Doctor Andrea Borsato, Dr Russell Drysdale
SchemeScholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1201258
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2013$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemePVC Conference Assistance Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1401157
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20125 grants / $50,706

INTCLIM2$18,000

Funding body: Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali

Funding bodyMuseo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200381
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

Greenhouse climate changes and their impacts on landscape evolution: integrating palaeodata, climate and catchment models.$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeStrategic Small Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1401097
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Sample preparation and microscopy of Plio-Pleistocene speleothems from Conturines$8,706

Funding body: University of Innsbruck

Funding bodyUniversity of Innsbruck
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201263
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

Earth System Education and Diversity: improving Earth Science literacy within underrepresented minorities$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeCareer Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100998
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Petrography of Conturines Stalagmites$6,000

Funding body: University of Innsbruck

Funding bodyUniversity of Innsbruck
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101191
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

20116 grants / $689,175

When the ice melts: a new perspective on the causes of Quaternary glacial terminations$620,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Russell Drysdale, Dr John Hellstrom, Dr Jonathan Woodhead, Dr Roland Maas, Doctor Silvia Frisia, Dr Giovanni Zanchetta, Professor Anthony Fallick, Dr Mathieu Daeron, Professor Gerrit Lohmann, Professor Maureen Raymo, Dr Maria Sanchez Goni, Dr Christoph Spotl, Dr Eric Wolff
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000208
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

A state-of-the-art mass spectrometer to analyse carbonate isotopic records of Australia's climate, soil and groundwater history$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Doctor Russell Drysdale, Professor Andy Baker
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000481
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

INTCLIM$16,575

Funding body: Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali

Funding bodyMuseo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100362
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeEmerging Research Leaders Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1101049
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

When the ice melts: a new perspective on the causes of Quaternary glacial terminations$10,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDr Russell Drysdale, Doctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100225
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Late Neogene Speleothems from the Nullarbor: a micro XRF investigation of the role of sea level change influence on pre-Glacial mode climates for the Australian continent$7,600

Funding body: Australian Synchrotron

Funding bodyAustralian Synchrotron
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Dr Bence Paul
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000960
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20105 grants / $99,314

Radiocarbon activities in soil particle-size fractions at different depths: insight on C dynamics in two NSW forest soils$31,554

Funding body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Funding bodyAINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)
Project TeamMs Eleanor Hobley, Doctor Silvia Frisia, Professor Garry Willgoose
SchemePostgraduate Research Award (PGRA)
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000484
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Ancient weather stations of Australia charting a continents descent into aridity and its ecological consequences$30,860

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Dr Jonathan Woodhead
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190121
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

New perspectives on the long-term forcing of Earth's climate from a precisely dated 0.4 to 1.2 Ma speleothem record$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Russell Drysdale, Dr John Hellstrom, Dr Jonathan Woodhead, Dr Roland Maas, Doctor Silvia Frisia, Dr Giovanni Zanchetta, Professor Anthony Fallick, Professor Gerrit Lohmann, Professor Maureen Raymo, Dr Maria Sanchez Goni, Dr Christoph Spotl, Dr Hubert Vonhof, Dr Mathieu Daeron, Dr Eric Wolff
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0900211
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Karst CO2 fluxes, hydrology & capture of environmental changes: Long term monitoring at Wombeyan Caves NSW$13,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

Funding bodyNSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000092
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

DAPHNE$3,900

Funding body: Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften

Funding bodyHeidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190255
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

20094 grants / $748,000

New frontiers in palaeoclimatology: the first precisely dated record of Earth's climate history between 0.4 - 1.2 million years ago$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Russell Drysdale, Dr John Hellstrom, Dr Jonathan Woodhead, Dr Roland Maas, Doctor Silvia Frisia, Dr Giovanni Zanchetta, Professor Anthony Fallick, Professor Gerrit Lohmann, Professor Maureen Raymo, Dr Maria Sanchez Goni, Dr Hubert Vonhof, Dr Eric Wolff
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189822
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

S in tropical speleothems as a proxy for volcanic explosivity and a toll for refined geochronology: a microXRF and micro XANES investigations$8,000

Funding body: Australian Synchrotron

Funding bodyAustralian Synchrotron
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Mr Michael Griffiths
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190249
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20083 grants / $53,445

14C analyses of organic and inorganic fractions in cave calcareous tufa: implication for 13C significance in speleothems$43,945

Funding body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Funding bodyAINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia, Dr David Fink
SchemePostgraduate Research Award (PGRA)
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188980
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Factors controlling micromorphology and geochemistry of environmentally important carbonates with focus on relationships between organic matter and mineral surface$7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188578
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

AOFSPR Summer School, Cheiron School 2008 travel Sept 29-Oct8, 2008$2,000

Funding body: Australian Synchrotron

Funding bodyAustralian Synchrotron
Project TeamDoctor Silvia Frisia
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189500
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20072 grants / $10,351

Exploring new frontiers in palaeoclimatology: reconstructing Northern Hemisphere palaeotemperatures over the last million years from Italian cave deposits$5,519

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Russell Drysdale, Doctor Silvia Frisia
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187864
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Exploring new frontiers in palaeoclimatology: reconstructing Northern Hemisphere palaeotemperatures over the last million years from Italian cave deposits$4,832

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Russell Drysdale, Doctor Silvia Frisia
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188359
Type Of FundingInternal
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Inorganic and Bio-Mediated Processes in Speleothem Formation: An Australian Perspective
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2014Climate and environmental evolution of the Adriatic seaboard reconstructed through speleothem proxy data: insight on Neanderthal migrations
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Stability of Organic Carbon in Soil Particle-Size Fractions at Different Depths: Insight on C Dynamics in Two Australian Soils
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Replicate Paleoclimate Multi-Proxy Data Series from Different Speleothems from N. Italy: Reproducibility of the Data and New Methodologies
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Silvia Frisia

Position

Associate Professor
Environmental and Climate Change Research Group
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Earth Sciences

Contact Details

Emailsilvia.frisia@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5402
Fax(02) 4921 5877

Office

RoomGG15
BuildingGeology
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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