2022 Distinguished Maine Professor – Daniel Sandweiss

Daniel Sandweiss, a world-renowned researcher in Latin American archaeology and paleoclimatology, was named the 2022 Distinguished Maine Professor. This award is the highest faculty award, and honors a UMaine faculty member each year for excellence in teaching, research, and community service.

Sandweiss, who has been at UMaine since 1993, teaches courses ranging from introductory anthropology for undergraduates to graduate seminars in Quaternary studies and archaeology.

His areas of research include early human settlement and subsistence in South America. He has conducted pioneering work on the origins, frequency, and intensity of El Niño, and how El Niño events and climatic disasters impacted cultural change in the Andes.

He has demonstrated the value of archaeological remains as records of past climates and early maritime adaptations.

We invite you to watch this tribute to Dr. Sandweiss, the Alumni Association’s 2022 Distinguished Maine Professor. The video was originally released on May 12th as part of the Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony.