Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Daniel S. Amick, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Dean of Faculty, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Office #:  BVM Hall 310

Phone: 773.508.3446


External Webpage: https://luc.academia.edu/DanielAmick


Dan Amick received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1994 and began teaching at Loyola University Chicago in 1995.  He is an archaeological scientist devoted to the study of the relationship of humans to the environment and connecting these studies of the past with contemporary problems. He is a firm believer in the power of experiential learning pedagogy and teaches several engaged-learning and service-learning classes, including field and lab courses in archaeology, waste audit research in environmental sustainability, and service-learning in refugee resettlement.  Amick has been honored with several awards for his dedication to teaching and community service and has served in a leadership role for the university and various professional organizations.  Since 2012, he has been conducting an annual Archaeological Field School researching and excavating an early-mid 19th century pioneer farmstead located on the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus as well as studying household remains from a late 19th century urban dump located under Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus.  He has mentored dozens of students in independent research and senior honors theses, often funded through the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.



  • PhD 1994 University of New Mexico
  • MA 1984 University of Tennessee
  • BA 1979 University of Tennessee
  • 2011 Certificate in Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University 

Research Interests

Nearly all of Amick's published research centers on understanding prehistoric North American hunter-gatherers from the standpoint of their lithic technology and land use patterns. His approach to these problems is processual and grounded in evolutionary and ecological theory as well as building reliable inferences through experimental methods and ethnographic evidence.  This work has included investigation of technological organization among Mid-Holocene Archaic groups in the Midsouth, Pleistocene and Holocene foragers in the Great Basin, and Paleoindian groups across the continent (especially Folsom, Clovis, and Cody).  Much of that work has focused on exploring structure and variation in technological systems as a means of understanding human behavior and adaptive strategies, especially related to land use and colonization.  He is currently completing various Paleoindian research projects while initiating studies of the early 19th century Virginia Settlement in McHenry County, Illinois.  These projects offer the common themes of understanding human colonization strategies and human-environmental interactions.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Amick is a past president of the Plains Anthropological Society and an Associate Editor of Current Research in the Pleistocene. He maintains memberships in the Society for American ArchaeologyAmerican Anthropological AssociationMidwest Archaeological ConferenceAmerican Quaternary Association; and Illinois Archeological Survey.

Courses Taught

  • Anth 101: Human Origins
  • Anth 104: (INST 102/PAX 104): The Human Ecological Footprint
  • Anth 212: Peoples of Native North America
  • Anth 241: Principles of Archaeology
  • Anth 243: North American Archaeology
  • Anth 244: Historical Archaeology
  • Anth 301: Refugee Resettlement (Service-Learning)
  • Anth 303: People and Conservation
  • Anth 341: Ice Age America
  • Anth 361: Effects of Human Population Growth
  • Anth 365: Archaeology Lab Methods
  • Anth 366: Lithic Technology
  • Anth 397: Directed Readings
  • Anth 398: Independent Study
  • Anth 399: Fieldwork in Anthropology


  • 2015 Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Loyola Refugee Outreach)
  • 2014 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen
  • 2013 Award of Merit for Outstanding Community and Volunteer Service (Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago)

Selected Publications

Available as PDFs on request

  • 2016    Evolving Views on the Pleistocene Colonization of North America. Quaternary International.
  • 2016    Lone Butte: A Folsom Hunting Camp and Overlook in the Central Tularosa Basin of New Mexico.  PaleoAmerica 2(2): 99-108.
  • 2015    The Recycling of Material Culture Today and during the Paleolithic. Quaternary International 361:4-20.

For a complete list of publications, awards, and affiliations, please request his CV.