Frankie St. Amand

Address: Department of Anthropology, 5773 South Stevens Hall, Orono, Maine 04469


Interdisciplinary research is crucial to understanding the complex intersections between climate change and human adaptation. My areas of interest include environmental archaeology, geoscience, and chemistry. My research focuses on conducting a metadata analysis of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) proxies we use to reconstruct past climates in Peru, as well as improving our understanding of these data that we use for paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental research. As the behavior of ENSO has changed dramatically during the Holocene, this has implications for human behavior and adaptation. I am co-advised by Dr. Alice Kelley of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and Dr. Daniel Sandweiss, of the Anthropology Department, both CCI faculty.

Research Area:

Interdisciplinary PhD student: Abrupt Climate Change and Human Behavior.
My research focus is El Niño, and my fieldwork takes place primarily on the North Coast of Peru.