Angelica Feurdean

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre SBiK-F

Mailing: Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt/Main
Visitors: Georg-Voigt-Str. 14-16
Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1870

E-Mail: angelica.feurdean(at)


Dr. Angelica Feurdean



Dr. Angelica Feurdean holds a BSc (1997) in Biology, a MSc (1998) in Ecology from Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, and a PhD in Quaternary Geology from the Stockholm University, Sweden (2004).

My research

I undertake palaeoecological research on temperate forests (much of them old growth), grasslands and wetlands of Central and Eastern Europe along latitudinal and elevational gradients with the goal to understand how they function and the best way to preserve them. My research combines multi-proxy analysis (pollen, plant macrofossil, micro-and macro-charcoal, NPP, testate amoebae, mineral magnetic properties, grains size, sediment geochemistry, stable isotopes (δ13C δ15N,) with modeling approach on a time scale ranging from few decades to tens of thousands of years. Together with students, collaborators as well as contributors to the Global Charcoal Database, we examine fire regime dynamics and how these change through time and space, whereas together with Landcover6k group we aim to quantitatively reconstruct land use and land cover changes;


Fire as a key driver of long-term ecosystem structure, functioning and biodiversity in Central Europe

Altitudinal variation in the biotic response to recurrent climate fluctuations and human impact during the past 15,000 years in the Carpathian region

Impact of climate change on temporal and spatial variability of Cladium mariscus (Great Fen sedge) populations in Central-East Europe in the last 2000 years


Full list of publications

Selected publications

Feurdean, A., Ruprecht E., Molnar, Zs., Hutchinson, S.M., Hickler, T. 2018. Biodiversity-rich European grasslands: ancient, forgotten ecosystems. Biological Conservation, 228, 224-232.

Feurdean, A., Florescu, G.,* Vanniere, B., Tanţău, I., O’Hara, R.B., Pfeiffer, M., Hutchinson, S.M., Gałka, M., Moskal-del Hoyo, M., Hickler, T. Fire has been an important driver of forest dynamics in the Carpathian Mountains during the Holocene. Forest Ecology and Management, 389, 15-26.

Feurdean, A., Munteanu, C., Kuemmerle T., Nielsen, A.B., Hutchinson, S.M., Ruprecht, E., Parr, C.L., Persoiu A., Hickler, T. early view. Long-term land-cover/use change in a traditional farming landscape in Romania inferred from pollen data, historical maps and satellite images. Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-016-1063-7.

Feurdean, A., Galka, M., Tantau, I., Geanta, A., Hutchinson, S.M., Hickler, T. 2016. Tree and timberline shifts in the northern Romanian Carpathians during the Holocene and the responses to environmental changes. Quaternary Science Reviews, 134, 100-113.

Feurdean, A., Galka M., Kuske, E., Tantau, I., Lamentowicz, M., Florescu, G., Hutchinson, S.M., Liakka, J., Mulch, A., Hickler, T. early view. 2015. Last Millennium hydro-climate variability in Central Eastern Europe (Northern Carpathians, Romania). The Holocene, 25, 1179-1192.

Feurdean, A., Marinova, E., Nielsen, A.B., Liakka, J., Veres, D., Hutchinson, S.M., Braun, M., Timar-Gabor, A., Astalos, C., Mosbrugger, V., Hickler, T. 2015. Origin of the forest steppe and exceptional grassland diversity in Transylvania (central-eastern Europe) Journal of Biogeography, 42, 951-963.

Feurdean, A., Perşoiu T., Stevens, S, et al., Climate variability and associated vegetation response throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) between 60 and 8 ka. 2014. Quaternary Science Reviews 106, 206-224.

Seddon, A… Feurdean, A. and 60 others. Looking forward through the past. 2014. Identification of fifty priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology, 102, 256-267.

Feurdean, A., Liakka, J., Vanniere, B., Marinova, E., Hutchinson, S.M., Mossbruger V., Hickler T. 2013. Holocene fire regime drivers in the lowlands of Transylvania (Central-Eastern Europe): a data-model approach. Quaternary Science Reviews 81, 48-61.

Feurdean, A., Bhagwat, S.A., Willis, K.J., Birks, J.H.B., Lischke, H., Hickler, T., 2013. Tree migration-rates: narrowing the gap between inferred post-glacial rates and projected rates. - PlosOne. DOI-71797.

Feurdean, A., Parr, C.L., Tanţău, I.,  Fărcaş, S., Marinova, E., Perşoiu, I., 2013. Biodiversity variability across elevations in the Carpathians: parallel change with landscape openness and land use. The Holocene, 23: 869-881.

Feurdean, A., Spessa, A., Magyari, E.K., Willis, K.J., Veres, D., Hickler, T. 2012. Trends in biomass burning in the Carpathian region over the last 15,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 45, 111-125.

Feurdean, A., Tămaş, T., Tanţău, I., Fărcaş, S., 2012. Elevational variation in regional vegetation responses to late-glacial climate changes in the Carpathians. Journal of Biogeography , 39, 258–271.

Feurdean, A., Tanţău, I., Fărcaş, S., 2011. Holocene variability in the range distribution and abundance of Pinus, Picea abies, and Quercus in Romania; implications for their current status. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 3060-3075.

Feurdean, A., Willis, K.J,. Parr, C., Tantau, I., Farcas, S. 2010. Postglacial patterns in vegetation dynamics in Romania: homogenization or differentiation? Journal of Biogeography, 37, 2197–2208

Feurdean, A., Willis, K.J., Astalos, C. 2009. Legacy of the past land use changes and management on the ‘natural’ upland forests composition in the Apuseni Natural Park, Romania. The Holocene, 19, 967-981.