Delegate to the Governing Board of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS)
Andrew Zipkin is an archaeological scientist with over a decade of experience in elemental characterization, isotope geochemistry, compositional data analysis, provenience studies, geographic information science, and ethnoarchaeology. He currently works as an analytical chemist and materials scientist for the commercial laboratory and contract research organization EAG Laboratories. His instrumental specialty is Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry and its variants (e.g., single quadrupole, triple quad, magnetic sector multicollector), with an emphasis on in situ analyses of non-traditional materials by laser ablation. Zipkin has also been affiliated with ASU in multiple capacities since 2018. Previously, he was a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. student at The George Washington University. He conducted archaeological, ethnographic, and geological field work in Alaska, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia between 2007 and 2019. In academic research, Andrew primarily focuses on developing minimally destructive methods for geochemical provenience studies and other classification-oriented problems in archaeology. Secondary research areas include material properties of hafting adhesives, identification of heat treated toolstone, and detecting chemical diagenesis in faunal hard tissue. His main archaeomaterials of interest are ochre, silcrete, and ostrich eggshell.