Amy Prendergast

Senior Lecturer
University of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC

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Dr Amy Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer and McKenzie Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. She previously held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany. Dr Prendergast received her PhD in Archaeological Science and Stable Isotope Geochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Dr Prendergast’s research focuses on exploring the relationship between humans and environmental change. She studies how humans and our hominin ancestors responded to rapid environmental changes over the past several million years. She has worked at sites across North Africa, Western Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Dr Prendergast employs geochemical records in combination with growth increment analyses (sclerochronology) from mollusc shells to generate high-resolution records of environmental change and seasonality. She focuses on generating records from archaeological sites to facilitate reconstructions of human-environment interaction. She is involved in both proxy development and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.