Professor Donald Pate

Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Pate played a primary role in development of bioarchaeological research addressing past diet, climate and landscape use via chemical analyses of human and faunal bones/teeth. He has published extensively in this area, including 84 journal articles, 2 books, 9 edited volumes, 14 book chapters, 26 research reports and 46 abstracts.

Research expertise

Pate played a primary role in development of bioarchaeological research addressing past diet, climate and landscape use via chemical analyses of human and faunal bones/teeth. He has published extensively in this area, including 84 journal articles, 2 books, 9 edited volumes, 14 book chapters, 26 research reports and 46 abstracts.

place Humanities Building (110)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Pate was appointed foundation lecturer in Archaeology at Flinders University in 1990 following a two year post-doctoral research program in Archaeological Chemistry at Harvard University and the Australian National University.

Pate's initial field training was in the North American Southwest and Great Basin. He has also conducted fieldwork and research in California, Chile, Antigua, Australia, the Pacific, Italy, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Research for Pate's MA, PhD, and post-doctoral studies were all completed in South Australia in association with the South Australian Museum, University of Adelaide, and CSIRO Land and Water.

He established stable isotope analyses of archaeological bones and teeth as new teaching and research areas in Australia. Today these areas are represented as major sub-disciplines of archaeological chemistry in many universities throughout Australia and the surrounding regions.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Science (Hons), San Diego State University

Certificate in Peer Education, South Australian Health Commission

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Flinders University

Master of Arts, Brown University

Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard University and Australian National University

Honours, awards and grants

Expert of International Standing, Australian Research Council

Nominated as one of top 5 leading Australian researchers in Biological Anthropology, Australian Research Council

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in the World

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in Australia

Harvard University Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Australian National University Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Invited participant: First International Workshop on Fossil Bone, Oxford University, in relation to results of PhD Dissertation

Elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Brown University Graduate Fellowship

Watson Smith Prize for Best MA Thesis, Anthropology, Brown University

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

University Medal, San Diego State University (Outstanding Contributions in Anthropology)

Valedictorian, Bishop Union High School, Bishop, California

Key responsibilities

Key Teaching and Research Areas:
Archaeological Science
Archaeological Chemistry
Palaeodiet
Palaeoecology
Bio-Archaeology
Behavioral Biology
Human Evolution
Australian Indigenous Archaeology
Archaeology of Native North America
Modern Material Culture
Cultural Anthropology

Key Administration Areas:

Member, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Transition Team (2017)     

Chair, Archaeology Teaching Learning Committee (2017 - present)      

Archaeology Undergraduate Programs Coordinator (2015 - present)      

Chair, Archaeology Laboratory Working Group (2014 - 2016)      

Member, Flinders University-South Australian Museum MOU Steering Group (2011-2013)
Member, Academic Senate (2010)
Deputy Chair, Bachelor of Arts Board of Studies (1999-2001, 2009-2010)
Member, Bachelor of Arts Board of Studies (1995-2001, 2006-2010)
Chair, Humanities Board of Studies (1994-1999)
Dean of Studies, Humanities (1996-1999)
Associate Dean, School of Humanities (1994-1995)
Member, Humanities Board of Studies (1991-1999)
Member, School of Humanities Executive (2000-2001, 2006-2007, 2009-2012)
Member, Board, Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology (1998-2000, 2006-2007)
Head, Department of Archaeology (2000-2001, 2009-2012)
Bachelor of Archaeology Degree Coordinator (2002-2006, 2008, 2015 - present)
Co-Coordinator, BSc (Earth Sciences) Major in Archaeology (1995-2004)
Archaeology Honours and Research Higher Degrees Coordinator (1991-1997, 2000, 2008-2009)
Graduate Diploma in Archaeology Degree Coordinator (1991-1997)

Research expertise
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biogeochemistry
Cultural studies
Ecology
Environmental science and management
Gender Studies
Geochemistry
Human geography
Soil sciences
Research interests

Major Research Areas:
Archaeological Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
Bio-Archaeology
Anthropological Archaeology
Hunter-Gatherers
Human Ecology
Arid-land Ecosystems
Social Complexity
Australia, North America

Major Research Roles:

Team Leader, Environment and Society Research Group, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University (2016-present), with Dr Mick Morrison and Dr Ian Moffat

Coordinator, Archaeological Science Research Group, Flinders University-South Australian Museum (2010-present)

Member, Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Research Unit, University of Adelaide (1999-present)

Coordinator, Stable Isotope Archaeological Research Group, Flinders University (1990-present)

Expert assessment of Research Grant and Fellowship applications (1994-present) for:
Australian Research Council
Austrian Science Fund
British Academy
National Science Foundation (USA)
Natural Environment Research Council (UK)
Royal Society of New Zealand
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
Wellcome Trust (UK)

Provided Referee Services for 27 different journals since 1986

Research Associate, CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide (1985-present)

Research Associate, Archaeology, South Australian Museum (1985-present)

Principal Investigator, The Adelaide Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Research Group (2002-2008)

Principal Investigator, Naracoorte World Heritage Research Group (1995-2006)

Research Grants:

Obtained over $2.5 million of funding from:

Australian Institute of Nucelar Science and Engineering (8 grants)

Australian Research Council (6 grants)

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (3 grants)

National Parks and Wildlife, South Australia (2 grants)

DEETYA Work for the Dole Programme (1 grant)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources National Estate Grant Program (1 grant)

Department of Environmenr, Sport and Tourism (1 grant)

Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand (1 grant)

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (1 grant)

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (1 grant)

Higher Degree Supervision:

Completed Theses Supervised
PhD: 15
MA: 7
MSc: 1
Master of Archaeology 1

Honours: 29
Grad Diploma:18

Teaching interests

Education- Teaching

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Flinders University (1998)

Certificate of Peer Education Training, South Australian Health Commission (1992)

Administration- Teaching

Undergraduate Course Coordinator, Archaeology (2017 – present)

Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Archaeology (2015-2017)

Bachelor of Archaeology Coordinator (2002-2006, 2008, 2015-present)

Acting Chair, Bachelor of Arts Board of Studies (2000, 2001, 2009)

Deputy Chair, Bachelor of Arts Board of Studies (1999-2001, 2009-2010)

Dean of Studies, Humanities (1996-1999)

Associate Dean, School of Humanities (1994-1995)

Member, Humanities Board of Studies (1991-1999); Chair (1994-1999)

Co-Coordinator, BSc (Earth Sciences) major in Archaeology (1995-2004)

Graduate Diploma in Archaeology Degree Coordinator (1991-1997)

Main Areas of Expertise

Archaeological Science
Bio-Archaeology
Anthropological Archaeology
Archaeological Theory and Method
Australia
North America

Publications- Teaching

Colley, S., S. Ulm and F.D. Pate, Editors (2005) Teaching, Learning and Australian. Canberra: Australian Archaeological Association. Australian Archaeology, Special Volume No. 61,100 pp.

Pate, F.D. (2005) The education of archaeologists for the 21st century. In Teaching, Learning and Australian Archaeology. S. Colley, S. Ulm and F.D. Pate, eds. Canberra: Australian Archaeological Association. Australian Archaeology, Special Volume No. 61: 1-6

Pate, F.D. (1999) The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education at Flinders University: Improving teaching and learning in undergraduate archaeology. Australian Archaeology 49: 60-63.

Pate, F.D. (1998) Field and laboratory based experiential teaching as a strategy to promote active, independent learning in undergraduate archaeology. In Improving University Teaching and Learning. Volume III. H. Silins, R. Murray-Harvey and J. Orrell, eds. Pp. 57-67. Adelaide: Flinders University.

Topic coordinator
ARCH1005 Cultural Anthropology
ARCH2107 Archaeological Lab Methods and Data Analysis
ARCH2205 Human Evolution: Bio-Cultural Perspectives
ARCH2206 Archaeological Science
ARCH3107 Archaeological Theory and Method
ARCH1002 World Archaeology
ARCH3204 Archaeology of Native North America
ARCH8408 Human Osteology
ARCH3209 Modern Material Culture
ARCH3214 The Human Skeleton
ARCH2208 The Museum
ARCH1001 Introduction to Archaeology
ARCH2213 Human Evolution and The Fossil Record
ARCH8806 Historical Archaeology Field School
Topic lecturer
ARCH3109 Environmental Archaeology
ARCH2212 Archaeology of Modern Society
ARCH1006 Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World
ARCH1002 From the Palaeolithic to Pompeii: An Investigation of World Archaeology
ARCH1001 Discovering Archaeology
Supervisory interests
Anthropological archaeology
Archaeological chemistry
Bio-archaeology
Environmental chemistry
Stable isotope biogeochemistry
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Archaeology (2)
Associate supervisor: Archaeology (1), Biological Anthropology (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Biological Anthropology (1), Archaeology (12)
Associate supervisor: Palaeontology (1), Archaeology (10)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Pamela A. Smith

ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship - JAN 2002

Timothy D. Owen

Northcote Graduate Scholarship, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London - JAN 2000

Nathan Richards

Society for Historical Archaeology Best PhD Dissertation Prize - JAN 2004

Soren Blau

ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship - JAN 2002

Heather Builth

ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship - JAN 2004

Timothy J. Anson

Member, Iraq Mass Graves Team, U.S. Department of Justice, Regime Crimes Liaison Office - FEB 2005

Susan Piddock

ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (January 2002) -

Publications
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal Issues
Anthropology
Archaeology
Environment
Aboriginal Archaeology
Aboriginal Studies
Archaeological Chemistry
Biological Anthropology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Science
Medical Anthropology
Palaeoecology
Prehistoric Archaeology
Prehistoric Diet and Health
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Media expertise
  • Aboriginal Issues
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Environment
Interests
  • Aboriginal Archaeology
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Archaeological Chemistry
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Diet and Health

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