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Dr

Amy Prendergast

Senior Lecturer In Physical Geography
Geography
tsunami geology
palaeotsunami
shellfish foraging
Human-environment interaction
seasonality
Archaeological science
Palaeoclimatology
Palaeoenvironmentsl
geochemistry
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Dr

Amy Prendergast

 
Division
Science
 
Primary Interest
Natural hazards
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Dr

Amy Prendergast

 

Dr Amy Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer and McKenzie Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. She will begin an ARC DECRA Fellowship in June 2020.

She previously held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany (2014-2016). She received her PhD in Archaeological Science and Stable Isotope Geochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Amy'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.

Amy employs geochemical records in combination with growth increment analyses (sclerochronology) from biogenic carbonates such as 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.

Between 2005-2009, Amy worked in government, first in the graduate program at Geoscience Australia, and then as a research scientist, leading a program of tsunami geology research at Geoscience Australia. Her work included research and capacity building and primarily focused on the Holocene geological record of past tsunamis in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Amy grew up in Melbourne and completed her undergraduate at the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics and Archaeology and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Earth Sciences. Her Honours in Earth Sciences focused on palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and human environment interaction in the Mallee region of northwestern Victoria.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2017

John McKenzie Early Career Research Award

2012

Chrysalis Scholarship

Association for Women Geoscientists

2011

Mary Euphrasia Mosley Award

2009

Rae and Edith Bennett Scholarship

2004

P. W. Chron Scholarship

University of Melbourne

2004

Best earth science Honours thesis, Victoria

Ivan Newham Prize

2004

Dean's Honour Roll

University of Melbourne

2004

Honours Prize

Australian Institute of Geoscientists

2004

John Lovering Prize

University of Melbourne

2001

Exhibition Award for Earth Sciences

University of Melbourne

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Senior Lecturer In Physical Geography

Geography

Education


PhD (Archaeology)

University of Cambridge

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Earth Sciences)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (Classics and Archaeology)

University of Melbourne