Andrew Zipkin

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus
Instructional Professional
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus


Andrew Zipkin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.  Previously, he was a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Andrew was awarded a PhD in Hominid Paleobiology by The George Washington University in 2015, where he was supervised by Prof. Alison Brooks.  He has conducted archaeological, ethnographic, geological, and environmental chemistry field work in Alaska, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia since 2007.  During the academic year Andrew focuses on analytical chemistry method development and application to archaeological provenance research, with a special emphasis on Rare Earth Element and strontium isotope ratio measurement using variants of Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry.  His overarching research objective is the integration of ethnographic and archaeological science methods to investigate anthropological questions about landscape use, mobility/residency, network formation and maintenance, and material symbolism.


The George Washington University

Doctor of Philosophy in Hominid Paleobiology

Dissertation: Material symbolism and ochre exploitation in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa

Graduate advisor: Prof. Alison S. Brooks

August 2009 - August 2015


Cornell University

Bachelor of Science with Research Honors, Magna Cum Laude

Major: Biology and Society

August 2005 - August 2009




Google Scholar


Andrew M. Zipkin, Gideon Bartov, Craig Lundstrom, Alex Taylor, Alyssa Dwyer, and Stanley Ambrose. (2020) Red earth, green glass, and compositional data: A new procedure for solid-state elemental characterization, source discrimination, and provenience analysis of ochres. In Press at the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory: 1-41.


Andrew Du, Andrew M. Zipkin, Kevin G. Hatala, Elizabeth Renner, Jennifer L. Baker, Serena Bianchi, Kallista H. Bernal, and Bernard A. Wood. (2018) Tempo and mode of brain size evolution in the hominin clade. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172738.


Alison S. Brooks, John E. Yellen, Richard Potts, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Alan L. Deino, David E. Leslie, Stanley H. Ambrose, Jeffrey R. Ferguson, Francesco d’Errico, Andrew M. Zipkin, Scott Whittaker, Jeffrey Post, Elizabeth G. Veatch, Kimberly Foecke, and Jennifer B. Clark (2018) Long-distance stone transport and pigment use in the earliest Middle Stone Age. Science 360: 90-94.


Andrew M. Zipkin, Stanley H. Ambrose, John M. Hanchar, Philip Piccoli, Alison S. Brooks, and Elizabeth Y. Anthony. (2017) Elemental fingerprinting of Kenya Rift Valley ochre deposits for provenance studies of rock art and archaeological pigments. Quaternary International 430: 42-59


Andrew M. Zipkin, John M. Hanchar, Alison S. Brooks, Mark W. Grabowski, Jessica C. Thompson, and Elizabeth Gomani-Chindebvu. (2015) Ochre fingerprints: Distinguishing among Malawian mineral pigment sources with Homogenized Ochre Chip LA-ICP-MS. Archaeometry 57 (2): 297–317.


Andrew M. Zipkin, Mark Wagner, Kate McGrath, Alison S. Brooks, and Peter W. Lucas. (2014) An Experimental Study of Hafting Adhesives and the Implications for Compound Tool Technology. PLoS ONE 9 (11): e112560.

Professional Associations

Society for American Archaeology

Paleoanthropology Society

The Society for Archaeological Sciences

The Register of Professional Archaeologists

Work History

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Anthropology

University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 2015 - June 2018


Vice President for Social Media and Outreach

The Society for Archaeological Sciences

October 2016 - Present


Governing Board Delegate

Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS)

May 2019 - Present