Andrew Zipkin

Assistant Research Scientist
Post Doctoral Scholars
Instructional Professional
Academic Professional


Andrew M. Zipkin is a Visiting Researcher with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.  Although he is currently employed as an Associate Scientist (Inductively Coupled Plasma chemistry) with Eurofins EAG Laboratories in Liverpool, New York, Zipkin maintains an affiliation with ASU to faciliate ongoing research collaborations begun while he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Assistant Research Scientist there from 2018 to 2021.

Previously, he was also a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2015-2018.  Zipkin earned a PhD in Hominid Paleobiology from 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, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia since 2007.  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, 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 - May 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. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 27: 930-970


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

The Society for Archaeological Sciences

The Register of Professional Archaeologists

American Chemical Society: Analytical Chemistry and History of Chemistry technical divisions (archaeological chemistry subdivision)

Work History

Assistant Research Scientist

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Arizona State University

July 2020 - August 2021


Postdoctoral Research Associate

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Arizona State University

July 2018 - June 2020


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Anthropology

University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 2015 - June 2018


Vice President for Intersociety Relations

The Society for Archaeological Sciences

August 2020 - Present


Governing Board Delegate

SciX Conference Section Chair: Art & Archaeology

Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS)

May 2019 - Present


Vice President for Social Media and Outreach

The Society for Archaeological Sciences

January 2017 - August 2020


Industry Positions

Associate Scientist, Inductively Coupled Plasma Group

Eurofins | EAG Laboratories, Liverpool, New York 

August 2021 - Present