Delegate to the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) - Andrew M. Zipkin
Andrew Zipkin has 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. Originally trained as an Africanist Paleolithic archaeologist, Zipkin is an experienced archaeological scientist who works in elemental characterization, strontium isotope geochemistry, compositional data analysis, and spatial statistics. He has conducted archaeological, ethnographic, and geological field work in Alaska, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia since 2007. In the laboratory, Andrew primarily focuses on method development for geochemical provenience studies and other classification-oriented problems in archaeology, particularly using atomic spectroscopy (ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS) and molecular spectroscopy (UV-Vis-NIR) approaches. 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.