Distinguished Maine Professor
Daniel Sandweiss, a world-renowned researcher in Latin American archaeology and paleoclimatology, was named the 2022 Distinguished Maine Professor. The Distinguished Maine Professor Award is the highest faculty award, and honors a UMaine faculty member 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 Nino 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.