Adele Garzarella PhD

Positions held:

Research Fellow

(D'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Ingegneria e Geologia - INGEO)

Educational Officer & Development Manager

(History & Geo Tours - D'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Ingegneria e Geologia - INGEO )

Area of Expertise:

  • Paleontology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Military Geology of Italian Front (WWI) and Italian Campaign (WWII)

Language skills

  • Italian
  • English

Adele is the Educational Officer and Development Manager of the trainee programme for postgraduate students on the practice of military geological guiding, jointly organised by History&Geo Tours and the Department of Engineering and Geology – INGEO (‘G. D’Annunzio’ University of Chieti – Pescara), in which she also teaches the course of Paleontology. She has an extensive researching and teaching experiences in the department of INGEO, most of it focused on the Cenozoic calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy. Her primary works provide the main taxa lineages and relates them to paleoenvironmental proxies.

Furthermore, Adele specialises in the understanding of military terrain, with special reference to the Italian Campaign (1943 - 1945). Her research work aims to analyze the role played by geology and terrain in impeding the progress of the Allied offensive in the Italian Peninsula, and the ability of the German Army to take advantage of the geography and topographical setting of the Italian Mainland, for which their defensive doctrine was ideal. Adele also studies the nature of warfare in the Italian Campaign, including the problems posed by the natural environment (heavy snowfall, dense vegetation, frost, floods and landslides, temperatures of -11°C) and the Allied approach involved in overcoming these challenges. Currently, she is leading the research project “A mountain to win” that aims to analyze and compare the German field works raised on the reliefs along the Gustav and Gothic Lines.

Adele has sound professional judgment and extensive knowledge of military geology. Moreover, her experience as guide on the field activities with university students, military staff and tourist groups strengthened her guiding skills.