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Dr Maura Pellegrini

PositionHonorary Research Fellow
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
EmailM.Pellegrini@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Application of stable (C, N, O, S) and radiogenic (Sr, Nd) isotopes in organic and inorganic materials, such as rocks, water, plants, and marine and continental fossil remains

Biography

She first joined the University of Bradford in 2005 as a Marie Curie Training Site Fellow in isotope biogeochemistry.

She then joined the Institute for Agro-Environmental and Forest Biology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) for 18 months, followed by a postdoctoral placement at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

Maura rejoined the University of Bradford in 2009 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the project of Hunter-Gatherer Mobility and subsistence strategies in the Upper Palaeolithic of Peninsular Italy.

Study History

Maura graduated in Geology at the University of Florence and has a PhD in Earth Sciences (Geochemistry and Volcanology) from the University of Parma.

Research Areas

Her most recent applications of isotopes have been in skeletal mammal remains (both humans and animals) to investigate palaeoclimates, palaeoenvironments, ecology, diets and migrations. Also, she carried out a study on bulk and compound-specific isotopic geographical variation of Extra Virgin Olive Oils across Italy for geographical characterization.

Her main research interests are related to the application of geochemistry and isotope geochemistry techniques to both organic and inorganic materials, from rocks and minerals, to fossils, soils, plants, water and food products.

Particularly, she applies chemical and isotopic principles to marine and continental fossil skeletal remains with the aim to draw back climates and palaeoclimates, environments and palaeoenvironments, as well as their changes with time. Maura also investigates the isotope composition of fossil remains to identify animal and human ecology, diets and migrations.

Maura has been applying a set of stable and radiogenic isotope ratios (namely δ13C in collagen and bone apatite, δ18O in bioapatite phosphate and carbonate fractions, δ15N and δ34S of collagen and 87Sr/86Sr of enamel) in mammal bone and teeth fossils, to reconstruct habitats, food resource exploitation and migratory patterns. She has also investigated how these dietary habits and mobility behaviours change through time and space, under different climate and environmental conditions, and the forcing of the different habitats on human and animal communities, strategies and behaviours.

Finally, on the basic assumption that isotope ratios vary geographically, for a number of reasons, from a place to the other, Maura has applied similar multi-isotopic investigations in food authentication and traceability of food samples, with particular relevance to extra virgin olive oils.

Publications

  • Vaggelli, G., M. Pellegrini, G. Vougioukalakis, S. Innocenti & L. Francalanci 2009. Mafic magmas in a pre-Minoan eruption of Santorini: inferences from silicate-melt inclusions in olivines. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth 114: B06201
  • Pellegrini, M., R. E. Donahue, C. Chenery, J. Evans, J. A. Lee-Thorp, J. Montgomery & M. Mussi 2008. Faunal migration in late-glacial central Italy: implications for human resource exploitation. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 22: 1714-1726
  • Pellegrini, M., R. E. Donahue, J. A. Lee-Thorp, J. Evans, J. Montgomery, C. Chenery & M. Mussi 2008. L'Uso degli isotopi nella ricostruzione delle migrazioni delle faune nel Tardiglaciale: Implicazioni sulle strategie di sussistenza dei cacciatori-raccoglitori in Italia centrale. In M. Mussi (ed.) La Tardiglaciale: un tavola rotondo: 9-19. BAR International Series 1859. Oxford: Archaeopress
  • Pellegrini, M. & A. Longinelli 2008. Palaeoenvironmental conditions of the Plio-Pleistocene marine succession of the Canoa Basin (Central Ecuador): a stable isotope study. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology 266: 119-128
  • Brugnoli, E., M. Lauteri, M. Pellegrini, G. Scarascia Mugnozza, L. Spaccino & M. Manieri 2007. Studio delle interazioni clima-vegetazione mediante applicazione degli isotopi stabili 13C e 18O. In B. Carli, G. Cavarretta, M. Colacino and S. Fuzzi (eds) CNR Special Volume “Clima e Cambiamenti Climatici. Ricostruzione dei climi del passato”: 649-652. Rome: Istituto Salesiano Pio XI
  • Brugnoli, E. & M. Pellegrini (eds) 2007. L’Applicazione degli isotopi stabili per la rintracciabilità e la caratterizzazione geografica degli alimenti: il caso degli oli extra vergine di olivia. Gradoli: CNR-GAL (National Research Council-Gruppo di Azione Locale del Trasimeno-Orvietano)
  • Brugnoli, E., M. Pellegrini & M. Manieri 2007. Tracciabilità, rintracciabilità e produzioni agroalimentari certificate. In E. Brugnoli and M. Pellegrini (eds) L’Applicazione degli isotopi stabili per la rintracciabilità e la caratterizzazione geografica degli alimenti: il caso degli oli extra vergine di olivia: 13-27. Gradoli: CNR-GAL (National Research Council-Gruppo di Azione Locale del Trasimeno-Orvietano)
  • Coltorti, M., L. Abbazzi, M. P. Ferretti, P. Iacumin, F. Paredes Rios, M. Pellegrini, P. Pieruccini, M. Rustioni, G. Tito & L. Rook 2007. A new scenario for Last Glacial Age mammals in South America: the Tarija Basin (Bolivia) revisited. Naturwissenschaften 94: 288-299
  • Nikolaev, V., M. Ramigni, M. Pellegrini, Y. Ryskov & P. Iacumin 2007. Stable isotopes in paleoecological studies (methodological aspects of archaeological objects study). In Anon. (ed.) Northern Eurasia in antropogene: man, paleotechnologies, geoecology, ethnology, anthropology. Irkutsk State University: Irkutsk
  • Pellegrini, M., A. Longinelli & P. Iacumin 2007. La ricostruzione di paleoclimi e paleoambienti mediante l’uso degli isotopi radiogenici e stabili nei reperti fossili. In B. Carli, G. Cavarretta, M. Colacino and S. Fuzzi (eds) CNR Special Volume “Clima e Cambiamenti Climatici. Ricostruzione dei climi del passato”: 193-196. Rome: Istituto Salesiano Pio XI
  • Pellegrini, M., M. Manieri & E. Brugnoli 2007. L’Applicazione degli isotopi stabili per la rintracciabilità e la caratterizzazione geografica degli oli extra vergine di olivia. In E. Brugnoli and M. Pellegrini (eds) L’Applicazione degli isotopi stabili per la rintracciabilità e la caratterizzazione geografica degli alimenti: il caso degli oli extra vergine di olivia: 42-67. Gradoli: CNR-GAL (National Research Council-Gruppo di Azione Locale del Trasimeno-Orvietano)

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