Humboldt Center for Evolutionary Anthropology Staff
- Marissa Ramsier, Ph.D.
Dr. Ramsier attended Humboldt State University as an undergraduate and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus in evolutionary anthropology and sensory ecology. Marissa has done fieldwork in Central and South America, Africa, and the West Indies, has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, and is also a Research Scientist at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation. Marissa's interests within anthropology are broad, as she is interested in inter-relationships between behavior, ecology and morphology. Current areas of particular interest include: evolutionary medicine (nutrition, longevity, the evolution of disease), sensory ecology, the evolution of communication, comparative anatomy and bioarchaeology. Marissa is also Director of HSU's Costa Rica Primate Field School and Co-Director of the Poland Medieval Forensic Anthropology Field School. In addition to conducting research, at HSU Marissa teaches anthropology courses.
- May Patiño
May graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in Anthropology, and has been a central part of the HCEA since its inception. She oversees the daily operations, facilitates student research, and conducts original research in evolutionary medicine and primate evolution. In addition, she conducts public health research in conjunction with the California Center for Rural Policy. May is a Certified Nutrition, Wellness & Weight Management Consultant and Co-Owner of Origins Nutrition in Arcata, CA.