Vanessa E. Johnston

Research Assistant (PhD)

01 4706 362 (Paleoinkubator)

Karst aqueous geochemistry
Cave microclimate
Cave geomicrobiology
Speleothems as proxies for past climate changes
Stable Isotopes
Radiometric dating
Interglacial climate changes
Cosmogenic isotope Cl-36

Johnston, V.E., Borsato, A., Frisia, S., Spötl, C., Dublyansky, Y., Töchterle, P., Hellstrom, J.C., Bajo, P., Edwards, R.L., and Cheng, H. (2018). Evidence of thermophilisation and elevation-dependent warming during the Last Interglacial in the Italian Alps. Scientific Reports, 8:2680. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21027-3.

Borsato, A., Johnston, V.E., Frisia, S., Miorandi, R., Corradini, F. (2016) Temperature and altitudinal influence on karst dripwater chemistry: Implications for regional-scale palaeoclimate reconstruction from speleothems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 177, 275–297. DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2015.11.043

Johnston, V.E., Borsato, A., Spötl, C., Frisia, S., and Miorandi, R. (2013). Stable isotopes in caves over altitudinal gradients: fractionation behaviour and inferences for speleothem sensitivity to climate change. Climate of the Past, 9, 99-118. DOI: 10.5194/cp-9-99-2013.

Johnston, V.E., McDermott, F., and Tamas, T. (2010). A radiocarbon dated bat guano deposit from N.W. Romania: Implications for the timing of the Little Ice Age and Medieval Climate Anomaly. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 291 (3-4): 217-227. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.02.031.

Johnston, V.E. and McDermott, F. (2008). The distribution of meteoric Cl-36 in precipitation across Europe in spring 2007. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 275 (1-2): 154-164.DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.08.021.


M.Sci. Environmental Geosciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom (2005).
Ph.D. School of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin, Ireland (2010).

Employment and Fellowships

Post-doctoral fellowship: co-funded by Marie Curie Actions and the Autonomous Province of Trento. Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy (2010–2013).
Researcher: Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, Slovenia (2017–ongoing).
Researcher: Ivan Rakovec Institute of Palaeontology ZRC SAZU, Slovenia (2018–ongoing).

isotope geochemistry
carbonate geochemistry