Humboldt Center for Evolutionary Anthropology Alumni
Laboratory Founder and Former Director
Mary attended Loyola University Chicago as an undergraduate in anthropology and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in Evanston , Illinois . Her dissertation work was entitled The Natural History of the Mona Monkey on the Island of Grenada . She has studied primates in many countries, including bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo and mona monkeys in Nigeria , Cameroon , Grenada , and São Tomé and Príncipe . Mary is a Professor of Anthropology at HSU, a Senior Research Scientist at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, an editor for numerous scientific journals and publishers, and the Director of the Costa Rica Primate Field School . At HSU, she is directing research related to genetic drift and island monkeys, among other things.
Education:Ph.D., Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston , Illinois (1996)
M.A., Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston , Illinois (1989)
B.S., Anthropology, Loyola University Chicago (1988)
Research Interests:African guenon monkeys; primate behavior, evolution and conservation
- Melissa O'Neal
A California native, Melissa migrated to the beautiful northern coast to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Humboldt State University as a double zoology/anthropology major in 2005. In Melissa's first years at HSU she worked as a field assistant in the Marine Mammal Research and Education Program (MMERP) under Dr. Patricia Dawn Goley where she served as project coordinator of the Pacific Gray Whale ( Eschrichtius robustus ) abundance and distribution study and recorded foraging and social behavior of California Harbor Seals ( Phoca vitulina ) using radio telemetry and on site observation. In 2006 Melissa founded the HSU chapter of the Northwest Primate Conservation Society. The group has since held events featuring guest speakers in various areas of conservation biology, climate change and deforestation in an effort in increase awareness of the plight of the world's non-human primate species. Melissa has also been working as a research assistant to Dr. Mary E. Glenn on homosexual behavior among non-human primates. Melissa will be working with Dr. Glenn and colleagues in studying the behavior, ecology, and evolution of mona monkeys ( Cercopithecus mona ).
Education:B.S., Zoology & Biology & B.A. Anthropology, Humboldt State University (expected 2008)
Research Interests:Primate anatomy and physiology, evolution, social behavior among primates, conservation biology
- Ariel Gruenthal
A native Californian, Ariel was raised in San Diego . She has been studying Anthropology at Humboldt State University for the past three years. Within bioanthropology, Ariel is specializing in forensic anthropology and is hoping to work on international human rights issues after completing her Ph.D. She interned for the Humboldt County Coroner's Office during the spring and summer of 2007 and was a Teaching Assistant for the Forensic Anthropology course on campus last fall.
Education:B.A., Anthropology, Humboldt State University
Certificate in Human Identification from the University of Tennessee , Knoxville (Summer 2007)
Research Interests:Forensic anthropology; human biology and genetics; lifestyle, diet and disease in hominids
Current Projects:Locating mona and vervet monkeys in captivity within the U.S. and Europe; Collecting blood samples and skins in museums both in the U.S. and abroad; Bioarchaeology and Faunal Analysis; Coordinator of forensic division of the lab; Assisting local law inforcement in identifying human skeletal remains.
- Stacy Bressette
After earning a degree in English, Stacy found herself drawn to physical anthropology, and the fit could not be better. She teaches supplemental instruction for Biology 104, a biology class designed for non-science majors and is also a Teaching Assistant for Primatology and Human Biology and Evolution. She has also been the TA for Physical Anthropolgy lecture and lab, and Forensic Anthropology. In the lab, Stacy's emphasis is on island population genetics, particularly the founder effect and genetic bottlenecks in primates and other mammals.
Education:B.A., English, Humboldt State University (2004)
B.A., Anthropology, Humboldt State University
Research Interests:Human biology and genetics, capuchin behavior and ecology, forensic anthropology
Current Projects:Range maps for guenon species; Researching a list of guenon species chromosome number; Bioarchaeology and Faunal Analysis; All male groups and homosexuality in non-primate mammal species.
- Katharine W. Fountain
Born and raised in Connecticut, Katharine moved to Northern California to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Humboldt State University in anthropology in 2003. Having Dr. Mary Glenn as an adviser, Kat's interests pulled her toward non-human primates within the field of anthropology. After being Dr. Glenn's TA for Primatology in spring 2007, she participated in a Primatology field school in Costa Rica for one month. Since then she has taken on the position of lab assistant, TA for the 2008 Summer Primatology field school in Costa Rica, and as President of the Northwest Primate Club. In the lab, Katharine will be assisting and learning from all aspects of research and will focus on New World Primate Conservation.
Education:B.A. Anthropology, Humboldt State University
Research Interests:Primate conservation, capuchin anatomy and behavior and environmental education.
Current Projects:Vocalization analysis; Forensics; Grant Writing; Photographing skeletal collection.
- Jenn Coats
Born and raised in Southern California, Jennifer moved to the north coast in 2007 to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Humboldt State University. With strong interests in both forensic anthropology and archaeology, she would one day like to work with the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, as well as in the area of international human rights violations. This summer, Jennifer will accompany Dr. Johnstone and Dr. Shaw on the Cochuah Regional Archaeological Survey on the Yucatan Peninsula. In the lab, Jennifer is assisting with DNA sample collections and grant research. In the fall, Jenn hopes to be starting her graduate studies at CSU LA in bioarchaeology.
Education:B.A., Anthropology, Humboldt State University
Emergency Medical Technician, Utah Valley State College (2001)
Research Interests:Forensic anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology
Current Projects:Bioarchaeology and Faunal Analysis; Shipping of genetic samples to various labs for analysis; Forensics.
- Isabel Grande
Isabel is a native Californian and has been attending HSU for the last three years. She will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Anthropology in the spring of 2008. She developed a strong interest in animals and conservation while working at a wildlife rehabilitation center and sanctuary in southern California. In the summer of 2007, Isabel was awarded a HHMI grant to study the gene flow of cuckoo shrikes of the Solomon Islands. She is the instructor for the Biology 105 supplemental course. She is also a tutor for biology, biometrics, and genetics. Isabel is interested in focusing her studies on primate genetics, conservation, and field work.
Education:B.S., Biology, Humboldt State University
Research Interests:Evolution, conservation biology, mammology, primatology, and molecular biology.
Current Projects:Vocalization analysis; Vervet bibliography and research.