Patricia Fall

Professor Emerita
Faculty
Tempe Campus
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Biography

Patricia Fall served on ASU’s faculty from 1989 through 2011.  In addition to her position with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, she directed the Laboratory of Palynology and Paleoecology, and was affiliate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, as well as the School of Life Sciences.

Dr. Fall's research and teaching focused on biogeography, and especially human impact on ancient and modern environments, paleoecology of tropical Pacific Islands and the Mediterranean Basin, paleoenvironments during the rise and collapse of urban societies, and Quaternary environments.  Her teaching included courses in physical geography, biogeography, quaternary landscapes, paleoecology, palynology, research methods, remote sensing and landscape change.  While at ASU, she conducted extensive field research in Jordan, Cyprus, Tonga and other Pacific islands.  As committee chair she supervised the work of 11 doctoral and 10 masters’ students, and served as a committee member for numerous others.  She currently is a professor in the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

Education

1988 - Ph.D. (Geosciences) University of Arizona
1981 - M.S. (Geosciences) University of Arizona
1975 - B.A. (Anthropology and Ecology) Prescott College

Research Interests

Biogeography, human impact on ancient and modern environments, paleoecology of tropical Pacific Islands and the Mediterranean Basin, paleoenvironments during the rise and collapse of urban societies, Quaternary environments, climatic controls on the distribution of terrestrial plants, pollen and seed dispersal

Publications

  • Fall, Patricia L. Pollen evidence for plant introductions in a Polynesian tropical island ecosystem, Kingdom of Tonga. Terra Australis (2010).
  • Klinge, J. and Fall, P. L. A paleoethnobotanical analysis of Bronze Age land use and land cover in the eastern Mediterranean. Journal of Archaeological Science (2010).
  • Sherman, J. A. and Fall, P. L. Observations on feeding frequencies among native and exotic birds and fruit bats at Erythina variegata and Dysoxylum trees in American Samoa. Terra Australis (2010).
  • Swoveland, T. and P.L. Fall. Analysis of deuterium from fossil pollen to reconstruct paleoclimates. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (2009).
  • Fall, P.L., S. E. Falconer, M. Horowitz, J. Hunt, M. C. Metzger & Derek Ryter. Bronze Age settlement and landscape of Politiko Troullia, 2005-2007. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (2008).
  • Patricia Fall, T Drezner, J Franklin. Dispersal ecology of the lowland rain forest in the Vava'u island group, Kingdom of Tonga. New Zealand Journal of Botany (2007).
  • Falconer, Steven E, Fall, Patricia L. Bronze Age Rural Ecology and Village Life at Tell el-Hayyat, Jordan. (2007).
  • Falconer, S.E., P.L. Fall and J.E. Jones. Life at the foundation of Bronze Age Civilization: agrarian villages in the Jordan Valley. Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan (2007).
  • Fall, P.L., S.E. Falconer and P.C. Edwards. Living on the edge: settlement and abandonment on the Dead Sea Plain. Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan (2007).
  • Patricia Fall. Vegetation change in the coastal-lowland rainforest at Avai'o'vuna Swamp, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Quaternary Research (2005).
  • S Falconer, Patricia Fall, T Davis, M Horowitz, J Hunt. Initial archaeological investigations at Politiko Troullia, 2004. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (2005).
  • P Edwards, S Falconer, Patricia Fall, A Ariotti, T Swoveland. Archaeology and environment of the Dead Sea Plain: preliminary results of the third season of investigations by the joint La Trobe University/Arizona State University Project. Annual of the Department of Antiquities, Jordan (2004).
  • Fall, P.L. S.E. Falconer, L. Lines and M.C. Metzger. Environmental impacts of the rise of civilization in the southern Levant. The Archaeology of Global Change: The Impact of Humans on Their Environment (2004).
  • P Edwards, S Falconer, Patricia Fall. Excavation and Survey at Dhahrat adh-Dhra' & Qasr al-Bulayda. Munjazat (2002).
  • P Edwards, T Swoveland, M Westaway, S Falconer, Patricia Fall, I Berelov, J Czarzasty, C Day, J Meadows, C Meegan, G Sayej. Archaeology and Environment of the Dead Sea Plain: preliminary results of the second season of investigations by the joint La Trobe University/Arizona State University project. Annual of the Department of Antiquities, Jordan (2002).
  • P Edwards, T Swoveland, M Westaway, Steven Falconer, Patricia Fall, I Berelov, J Czarzasty, C Day, J Meadows, C Meegan, G Sayej. Archaeology and Environment of the Dead Sea Plain: preliminary results of the second season of investigations by the joint La Trobe University/Arizona State University project. Annual of the Department of Antiquities, Jordan (2002).
  • Patricia Fall, S Falconer, L Lines. Agricultural intensification and the secondary products revolution along the Jordan Rift. Human Ecology (2002).
  • T Drezner, Patricia Fall. Effects of Inter-annual Precipitation Patterns on Plant Cover According to Dispersal Mechanisms along a Riparian Corridor in the Sonoran Desert, U.S.A. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (2002).
  • C Davies, Patricia Fall. Modern pollen precipitation from an elevational transect in central Jordan and its relationship to vegetation. Journal of Biogeography (2001).
  • P Edwards, S Falconer, Patricia Fall. Excavation at Dhahrat adh-Dhra. Munjazat (2001).
  • P Edwards, S Falconer, Patricia Fall, I Berelov, C Davies, J Meadows, C Meegan, M Metzger, G Sayej. Archaeology and environment of the Dead Sea Plain: preliminary results of the first season of investigations by the joint La Trobe University/Arizona State University Project. Annual of the Department of Antiquities, Jordan (2001).
  • S Falconer, P Edwards, Patricia Fall. Zahrat adh-Dhra. American Journal of Archaeology (2001).
  • S Falconer, Patricia Fall, J Jones. The Jordan Valley Village Project: Excavations at Tell Abu en-Ni'aj, 2000. American Journal of Archaeology (2001).
  • S Falconer, Patricia Fall, J Jones. The Jordan Valley Village Project: Recent excavations at Early Bronze IV Tell Abu en-Niaj. Occident and Orient (2001).
  • T Drezner, Patricia Fall, Juliet Stromberg. Plant distribution and dispersal mechanisms at the Hassayampa River Preserve, Arizona, USA. Global Ecology and Biogeography (2001).

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2013
Course Number Course Title
GPH 494 Special Topics
GPH 598 Special Topics

Presentations

  • Fall, P.L. and S.E. Falconer. Politiko-Troullia, Cyprus: Bronze Age Industry and Landscape. Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Atlanta (Nov 2010).
  • Fall, P.L. and S.E. Falconer. Archaeological and Landscape Studies at Politiko-Troullia. International Symposium on the Archaeology of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (Jun 2010).
  • Falconer, S., P. L. Fall, M. Soto-Berelov. An Integrated Study of Paleoenvironmental and Archaeological Settlement Change along the Jordan Rift. 11th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Paris (Jun 2010).
  • Falconer, Steven E. and Patricia L. Fall. Bronze Age Agrarian Life and Landscape at Politiko-Troullia. Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research (Nov 2009).
  • Fall, Patricia L. and Steven E. Falconer. Bronze Age Settlement and Ecological Dynamics at Politiko-Troullia, Cyprus. Invited lecture at the Western British Sovereign Base, Akrotiri, Cyprus (Jun 2009).
  • Fall, Patricia L. & Steven E. Falconer. Settlement and landscape at Politiko-Troullia. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute-Department of Antiquities, (Cyprus Annual Symposiu (Jun 2009).
  • P. Fall & S. Falconer. Agrarian life and landscape at Politiko Troullia. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute-Department of Antiquities, (Cyprus Annual Symposiu (Jun 2008).
  • Ridder, E., M. Soto-Berelov & P. Fall. Analysis of vegetation responses to human and environmental dynamics. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute-Department of Antiquities (Jun 2008).
  • Falconer, S.E. and P.L. Fall. Agrarian life and Bronze Age landscape change in Cyprus (. Invited lecture at the Western British Sovereign Base, Akrotiri, Cyprus (Jun 2008).
  • Fall, Patricia, Falconer, Steven. Landscape formation and rural ecology at Politiko Troullia. Cyprus Annual Symposium on the Archaeology of Cyprus (Jun 2007).
  • Rempel, Sidney, Soto-Berelov, Mariela, Fall, Patricia, Falconer, Steven. Remote sensing of ancient settlements on the Middle Eastern landscape. Society for American Archaeology, 71st Annual Meeting (Apr 2007).
  • Soto, Mariela, Fall, Patricia, Barton, C, Falconer, Steven, Sarjoughian, Hessam, Arrowsmith, Ramon. Land Cover Change in the Southern Levant: 1973 to 2007. ASPRS Southwest Technical Conference (Mar 2007).
  • DiMaggio, E, Arrowsmith, J, Barton, C, Sarjoughian, H, Fall, Patricia, Falconer, S, Ullah, I. Geomorphic mapping and paleoterrain generation for use in modeling Holocene (8,000 - 1,500 yr) agropastoral landuse and landscape interactions in southeast Spain. American Geophysical Union, AGU GC01 Global Environmental Change Session (Nov 2006).
  • Fall, Patricia. Paleoecological extirpations of tropical forest species from the Kingdom of Tonga. Plant Extinctions in Island Oceania (Oct 2006).
  • Fall, Patricia. Peopling of the Pacific. GeoFest, Geographic Alliance (Oct 2006).
  • Fall, Patricia, Falconer, S. Rural ecology during the Early and Middle Cypriot period: evidence from Politiko Troullia. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute-Department of Antiquities, Cyprus Annual Symposiu (Jun 2006).
  • Allen, Eowyn, Falconer, Steven, Barton, Michael, Sarjoughian, Hessam, Fall, Patricia. Modeling of agropastoral human activities using agent-based simulation. Society for American Archaeology, 70th Annual Meeting (Apr 2006).
  • Barton, C., Sarjoughian, Hessam, Mitosova, Helena, Arrowsmith, Ramon, Falconer, Steven, Fall, Patricia. Modeling long-term landscape dynamics and the emergence of intensification. Society for American Archaeology, 70th Annual Meeting (Apr 2006).
  • Berelov, Ilya, Falconer, Steven, Fall, Patricia. Environment and Abandonment at Zahrat adh-Dhra', Jordan. Society for American Archaeology, 70th Annual Meeting (Apr 2006).
  • Falconer, Steven, Fall, Patricia. Bronze Age Urbanism and Ruralism: A comparison between the Levant and Cyprus. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute-Department of Antiquities Annual Symposium (Jun 2005).
  • Fall, Patricia. Vegetation dynamics of the rainforests of Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. XI International Palynological Congress (Jul 2004).
  • Fall, Patricia, Falconer, S. Development of the Mediterranean Landscape of the Southern Levant. XI International Palynological Congress (Jul 2004).
  • Fall, Patricia. Paleoenvironmental investigations on the Lisan Peninsula, Dead Sea, Jordan. Association of American Geographers
  • Falconer, S, Fall, Patricia. Bronze Age village life in the eastern Mediterranean. British Sovereign Base Archaeological Society, British Sovereign Base
  • Soto-Berelov, Mariela, Fall, Patricia, Falconer, Steven. Land Cover Change in the Southern Levant: 1973 to 2003. American Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, Southwest Region Spring 2007 Technical Meeting
  • Fall, Patricia. Archaeological excavations and modern economic development at Tell Abu en-Niaj. Friends of Archaeology
  • Fall, Patricia. Bronze Age village life in the Jordan Valley. American Center of Oriental Research
  • Fall, Patricia. Human-environmental interaction along the Jordan Rift. Department of Archaeology, La Trobe University
  • Fall, Patricia, Davies, C. Modern pollen precipitation from an elevational transect in central Jordan and its relationship to vegetation. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers
  • Fall, Patricia, Drezner, T. Plant dispersal in Tonga. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers
  • Fall, Patricia, Falconer, S. Bronze age settlement along the Jordan Rift. 7th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan
  • Fall, Patricia, Prud'homme, E. Paleoenvironment of the Dead Sea. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers
  • Fall, Patricia, Swoveland, T. Paleoclimate of the Dead Sea Basin from 20,000 to 12,000 years ago. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers
  • Swoveland, T, Fall, Patricia. Paleoclimatic reconstruction of the Dead Sea Basin from 20,000 to 12,000 years ago. American Geophysical Union

Service

  • Graduate Research Examination Committee, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • Faculty 3rd Year Probationary Review Committee, committee member (2009 - Present)
  • Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee, Committee member (2009 - Present)
  • Society for Women in Geography, Faculty Advisor (2009 - Present)
  • Society for Women in Geography, Faculty Advisor (2009 - Present)
  • ASU Graduate College, Outstanding Graduate Mentor Nomination Review Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • ASU Graduate College, Outstanding Graduate Mentor Nomination Review Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • ASU Graduate College, Outstanding Graduate Mentor Nomination Review Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • ASU Graduate College, Outstanding Graduate Mentor Nomination Review Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Graduate Policy Committee, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • Evolution Program Committee, Member (2007 - Present)
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Affiliated Professor (2006 - Present)
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Affiliated Professor (2006 - Present)
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Affiliate Professor (2006 - Present)
  • Committee on Archaeological Policy, American Schools of Oriental Research, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Arizona State University/Committee on Islamic Studies, Departmental Representative (2001 - Present)
  • Arizona State University/Committee on Islamic Studies, Departmental Representative (2001 - Present)
  • Arizona State University/Laboratory of Palynology, Director (2000 - Present)
  • Arizona State University/Laboratory of Palynology, Director (2000 - Present)
  • Arizona State University/Laboratory of Palynology, Director (2000 - Present)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate, Senator (2010 - 2011)
  • Peer institution faculty review, External Promotion and Tenure reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Peer institution faculty review, External Promotion and Tenure reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • National Science Foundation, National Review Panel (2006 - 2009)
  • Search Committee for Director, School of Geographical Sciences, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Department of Geography/Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Committee, Chair (2005 - 2007)
  • School of Geographical Sciences Director's Search Committee, Committee Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Ph.D. Thesis by Thomas E. Heinsohn entitled: 'Secret lif of the cuscus and the cassowary: the crypto-anthropogenic factor and zoogeographic interpretation in the Indo-Australian Archipelago and Oceania 1846-2006,' The Australian National University, Canbe, External Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Computer Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Graduate Recruiting and Admission Committee, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Sabbatical Leave (2004 - 2005)
  • Faculty Secretary (2003 - 2004)
  • Committee on Islamic Studies, Departmental Representative (2003 - 2004)
  • Faculty Secretary, Secretary (2003 - 2004)
  • Laboratory of Palynology, Director (2003 - 2004)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Search Committee, SW Borderlands Initiative, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Oasis Short Courses, Lecturer (2003 - 2003)
  • Graduate Program Committee, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2002 - 2003)
  • Search Committee, Faculty Position in Surface Water Processes, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Graduate Program Committee, Member (2003)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2003)
  • Search Committee Surface Water Processes Faculty, Member (2003)
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, President, ASU Chapter (2003)
  • Academic Course on "The rise of civilization in the Middle East", Instructor (2002 - 2002)
  • Ph.D. Defense (Hill, Anthropology), Graduate College Representative (2002 - 2002)
  • Departmental Colloquium Series, Co-Organizer (2001 - 2002)
  • Executive Committee, Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Search Committee, Faculty Position in Human Geography, Latin Americanist, Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Graduate Students in Earth and Life Sciences Conference, Judge for papers and posters (2001 - 2001)
  • Ph.D. Defense (Anthropology), Graduate College Representative (2001 - 2001)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Chair (2000 - 2001)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Earth Science Day, Display Organizer (2000 - 2000)
  • Affirmative Action Committee, Member (1999 - 2000)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (1999 - 2000)
  • National Science Foundation, National Review Panel (Present)