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No longer at LDEO: 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
205 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8749
(845) 365-8150


Fields of interest: 
Paleoclimate, Paleo Hydrology, Paleoceanography, Climate Modelling, Geo-chronologies

My research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics surrounding past climate dynamics. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms behind rapid transitions in the climate system to create predictability for future climate change. A critical issue is to better comprehend the exact sequence of events occurring across rapid climate shifts of the past in order to discern cause-effect relationships between the different components of the global climate system (atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and the carbon cycle).   

My research mostly involves the use of paleo-climate records from marine and lake sediment cores using a variety of inorganic and organic geochemical proxies, with a special focus on stable isotopic tracers. These proxies provide powerful tools to reconstruct changes in ocean circulation, and regional shifts in precipitation and atmospheric circulation patterns.

Further important aspects of my work involve developing robust chronologies for paleo-climate archives to better integrate climate data from marine and terrestrial records, as well as evaluating physical models in relation to past climate scenarios.



In preparation

Simon, M. H., Muschitiello, F., Dokken, T., Sadatzki, H., Hajdas, I., Jansen, E. Ocean ventilation changes in the Nordic Seas during MIS 3- Insights into the mechanisms of Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles. In preparation

Muschitiello, F., Wiles, G.C., Lowell, T.V., Kaplan, S., Kromer, B., Hansona, R. Climate variability and tree growth during the Last Glacial Maximum in the mid-latitude of central USA. In preparation

Martens, J., Wild, B, Muschitiello, F., Tesi, T., O’Regan, M., Jakobsson, M., Andersson, A., Sköld, M., Semiletov, I., Dudarev, O.V., Gustafsson, Ö. East Siberian Shelf slope sediments suggest permafrost carbon mobilization during the last glacial termination. In preparation


Submitted, under review, under revision

Sadatzki, H., Berben, S. M. P., Muschitiello, F., Dokken, T. M., Stein, R., Fahl, K., Jansen, E. Sea ice control of abrupt Greenland climate change over Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles. Under Revision

Muschitiello, F., D'Andrea, W. J., Schmittner, A., Heaton, T. J., Balascio, N. L., deRoberts, N., Caffee, M. W., Woodruff, T. E., Welten, K. C., Simon, M. H., Dokken, T. M. Deep-water circulation changes lead on North Atlantic climate during deglaciation. Under Revision

Barrientos, N., Coxall, H., Lear, C., Pearce, C., Muschitiello, F., O’Regan, M., Gemery, L., Cronin, T., Koshurnikov, A., Jakobsson, M. Late Holocene variability in Pacific water inflow through the Bering Strait. Under Revision



20 - O’Regan, M., Coxall, H., Hill, P., Hilton, R., Muschitiello, F., Swärd, H., 2018, Early Holocene sea-level in the Canadian Beaufort Sea constrained by radiocarbon dates from a deep borehole in the Mackenzie Trough, Arctic Canada. Boreas 47, 1102-1117.

19 - Schenk, F., Väliranta, M., Muschitiello, F., Tarasov, L., Heikkilä, M., Brandefelt, J., Johannson, A., Näslund, J., Wohlfarth, B., 2018. Warm summers during the Younger Dryas cold reversal. Nature Communications 9, 1634, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04071-5

18 - Wohlfarth, B., Luoto, T., Muschitiello, F., Väliranta, M., Björck, S., Siwan, D., Kylandeer, M., Ljung, K., Reimer, P., Smittenberg, R., 2018. Climate and environment in southwest Sweden 15.3 - 11.3 cal. ka BP. Boreas 47, 687-710.

17 - Ahmed, E., Parducci, L., Unneberg, P., Agren, R., Schenk, F., Rattray, J., Han, L., Muschitiello, F., Pedersen, M., Smittenberg, R., Yamoah, A., Slotte, T., Wohlfarth., B., 2018. Archaeal community successions in Lateglacial lake sediments: Implications for paleo-climate change. Quaternary Science Reviews 181, 19-29.



16 - Muschitiello, F., Pausata, F.S.R., Lea, J.M., Mair, D.W.F., Wohlfarth, B., 2017. Enhanced ice sheet melting driven by volcanic eruptions during the last deglaciation. Nature Communications 8, 1020, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01273-1

15 - Pausata, F.S.R., Zhang, Q., Muschitiello, F., Lu, Z., Chafik, L., Niedermeyer, E., Stager, J.C., and Liu, Z., 2017.  Green Sahara suppressing ENSO variability in the Mid Holocene. Nature Communications 8, 16020, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16020 

14 - Miller, C.M., Dickens, G.R., Jakobsson, M., Johansson, C., Koshurnikov, A., O’Regan, Muschitiello, F., Stranne, C., Mörth, C-M., 2017. Low methane concentrations in sediment along the continental slope north of Siberia: Inference from pore water geochemistry. Biogeosciences 14, 2929-2953.

13 - Pearce, C., Varhelyi, A., Wastegård, S., Muschitiello, F., Barrientos, N., O'Regan, M., Cronin, T. M., Gemery, L., Semiletov, I., Backman, J., Jakobsson, M., 2017. The 3.6 ka Aniakchak tephra in the Arctic Ocean: a constraint on the Holocene radiocarbon reservoir age in the Chukchi Sea. Climate of the Past 13, 303-316.



12 - Saarni, S., Muschitiello, F., Weege, S., Brauer, A., Saarinen, T., 2016. Solar-forced atmospheric blocking during the last 3600 years in Eastern Finland inferred from varved lake sediments of Lake Kuninkaisenlampi. Quaternary Science Reviews 154, 100-110.

11 - Tesi, T., Muschitiello, F., Smittenberg, R.H., Jakobsson, M., Vonk, J., Hill, P., Dudarev, O., Gustafsson, O., 2016.  Massive remobilization of permafrost carbon during post-glacial warming. Nature Communications 7, 13653

10 - Wohlfarth, B., Muschitiello, F., Greenwood, S.L., Smittenberg, R.H., Kylander, K., Steinthorsdottir, M., Whitehouse, N.J., 2016. Hässeldala – a key site for Last Termination climate events in Northern Europe. Boreas, doi:10.1111/bor.12207 

9 - Muschitiello, F., Lea, J., Greenwood, S.L., Nick, F.M., Brunnberg, L., MacLeod, A., Wohlfarth, B., 2016. Timing of the first drainage of the Baltic Ice Lake synchronous with the onset of Greenland Stadial 1. Boreas 45, 322-334.



8 - Muschitiello, F., Pausata, F.S.R., Watson, J.E., Smittenberg, R.H., Salih, A.A.M., Brooks, S.J., Whitehouse, N.J. Karlatou-Charalampopoulou, A., Wohlfarth, B., 2015. Fennoscandian freshwater control on Greenland hydroclimate shifts at the onset of the Younger Dryas. Nature Communications 6, 8939.

7 - Muschitiello, F., Zhang, Q., Sundqvist, H.S., Davies, F.J., Renssen, H., 2015. Arctic climate response to the termination of the African Humid Period. Quaternary Science Reviews 125, 91-97.

6 - Muschitiello, F., Andersson, A., Wohlfarth, B., Smittenberg, R.H., 2015. The C20 highly branched isoprenoid biomarker – a new diatom-sourced proxy for summer trophic conditions? Organic Geochemistry 81, 27-33.

5 - Davies, F.J., Renssen, H., Blascheck, M., Muschitiello, F., 2015. The impact of Sahara desertification on Arctic cooling during the Holocene. Climate of the Past 11, 571-586.

4 - Muschitiello, F. and Wohlfarth, B., 2015. Time-transgressive environmental shift at the onset of the Younger Dryas across Northern Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 109, 49-56.

3 - Steinthorsdottir, M., de Boer, A., Oliver, I.C., Muschitiello, F., Blaauw, M., Wohlfarth, B., 2015. Response to: Comment on “Synchronous records of pCO2 and Δ14C suggest rapid, ocean-derived pCO2 fluctuations at the onset of the Younger Dryas”. Quaternary Science Reviews 107, 270-273.



2 - Steinthorsdottir, M., de Boer, A., Oliver, I.C., Muschitiello, F., Blaauw, M., Reimer, P.J., and Wohlfarth,  B., 2014. Synchronous records of pCO2 and Δ14C suggest rapid, ocean-derived pCO2 fluctuations at the onset of the Younger Dryas. Quaternary Science Reviews 99, 84-96.



1 - Muschitiello, F., Wohlfarth, B., Schwark, L., Sturm, C., Hammarlund, D., 2013. New evidence of Holocene atmospheric circulation dynamics based on lake sediments from southern Sweden: a link to the Siberian High. Quaternary Science Reviews 77, 113-124.


Non peer-reviewed articles

Dee, S. and Muschitiello, F., 2013. What should the research questions and priorities in paleoscience be for the next 10 years?  PAGES publication 2, 94.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
PhD in Marine Geology
Stockholm University
MSc in Geological Sciences (summa cum laude)
University of Perugia
BSc in Chemical Sciences
University of Venice
Honors & Awards: 
2017 – EGU Outstanding Early Career Scientist Awards - Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL) Division
2015 – Best Student poster Award - INQUA XIX Congress
2013 – Outstanding Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award - 2nd Conference of Doctoral School of Earth Sciences, Tallin University

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