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Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson

IGERT in Urban Ecology Fellow, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

sswanson@epgaz.com

602-956-4370

Environmental Planning Group
4141 N. 32nd Street, Suite 102 Phoenix, AZ 85018 FAX:
Phoenix, AZ 85018
USA

Titles

  • IGERT in Urban Ecology Fellow, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Biography

I am an archaeologist finishing my PhD at Arizona State University. I specialize in human-ecological relations, with an emphasis on pre-urban and urban ecology in the arid regions of the United States and Mexico. My dissertation focuses on the relationships between the development of indigenous agriculture, village formation, and environmental impacts, using a case study from the Mogollon culture area in western New Mexico and eastern Arizona.  My research is multidisciplinary, drawing on archaeological settlement information, palaeobotanical and palynological remains, remotely sensed satellite imagery, and isotopic analysis of prehistoric fields. My involvement in the IGERT Urban Ecology program at ASU provides training in interdisciplinary research, helping me to form valuable collaborations with students from other disciplines in my research.


Journal Articles

2003

Swanson, S. 2003. Documenting prehistoric communication networks: A case study in the Paquime polity. American Antiquity 68(4):753-767.

Swanson, S. and M. Diehl. 2003. Mimbres pithouse dwellers. Archaeology Southwest 17(4):3.

Book Chapters

In Press

Swanson, S., R. Anyon, M. C. Nelson and S. Ventre. Pithouse villages, population dynamics and landscape use in the Southern Mogollon region, AD 200-900. Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, AZ; University of New Mexico Press.

Posters

2008

Strawhacker, C. A., M. Hegmon, M. C. Nelson, M. Peeples, K. G. Schollmeyer and S. Swanson. 2008. Interaction and diversity in the Postclassic Mimbres World: Results of the 2007 field season. Poster presented March 19 at the 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2004

Crider, D., C. M. Meegan and S. Swanson. 2004. Panarchy: Applying the framework to a prehistoric socio-ecological case study. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

Crider, D., C. M. Meegan and S. Swanson. 2004. The Hohokam preclassic to classic transition Part II: Climate change and its impact on agricultural strategies. Poster presented March 31- April 4 at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada.

Swanson, S. and R. Calonico. 2004. Legacy effects of prehistoric farming: Isotopic analysis of maize grown in sediments from Hohokam fields. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

Swanson, S., C. M. Meegan and D. Crider. 2004. The Hohokam preclassic to classic transition Part I: Climate change and its impact on agricultural strategies. Poster presented March 31- April 4 at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada.

2003

Elliott, M., K. Gade, H. Schaafsma, C. M. Meegan and S. Swanson. 2003. Investigating environmental and social heterogeneity in a landscape perspective: A Hohokam case study. Poster presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

Swanson, S., D. Crider, C. M. Meegan, M. Elliott, K. Gade and H. Schaafsma. 2003. Long-term cultural and ecological responses to change in climate in Central Arizona AD 900-AD1200. Poster presented at February 21, 2003, Fourth Annual Meeting of the Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Sciences Research Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Swanson, S., D. Crider, C. M. Meegan, M. Elliott, K. Gade and H. Schaafsma. 2003. Long-term cultural and ecological responses to changes in climate in Central Arizona AD 900-AD 1200. Poster presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2002

Swanson, S. 2002. Time, space, and stability: Investigating landscape responses to climate variability in the Southwest. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

1999

Swanson, S. J. 1999. Predicting biomass in the Phoenix Basin: integrating time series and spatial analysis of environmental data. Poster presented at the 22 January 1999, CAP LTER First Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe.

Presentations

2004

Swanson, S. 2004. Environmental stability and resilience around Mogollon settlements. Presentation October at the 13th Mogollon Conference, Silver City, NM.

2001

Swanson, S. 2001. Where are the villagers? Contesting the scale and organization of Mogollon pithouse settlements. Presentation April 18-22 at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Reports

2007

Schollmeyer-Gust, K., S. Swanson, C. Strawhacker and M. Peeples. 2007. 3-Up Site (LA150373): Report on 2007 test excavations. Ms. On file at the Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

2005

Simon, A. W., S. Swanson, C. Ryan and K. Schollmeyer. 2005. Report of inventory and analyses for perishables, ceramics, lithics, groundstone, faunal and historic collections from the Tonto National Monument: 2005 Miscellaneous sample collections, 2004 preservation and maintenance of the Upper Cliff Dwelling (UCD). Archaeological Research Institute, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Report on file with National Park Service and Western Archaeological Conservation Center, Tucson, AZ.

2002

Swanson, S. 2002. Land use history and environmental impact in the Blue River Watershed, Arizona. Report of the 2000 Blue River Archaeological Project, submitted to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.