Belize Field Program

Students at the Belize Archaeology Field Program


Costa Rica Field School 2008

Dr. Glenn and students observing monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica


Mona monkey skull

Mona monkey skull used in teaching and research


Skeletal specimen

Specimen from the skeletal collections at our labs


Spider monkeys

Spider monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica


Study abroad in Tibet

Study abroad in Tibet


Alisha Gaskins

Former student Alisha Gaskins completing a facial reconstruction


San Nicolas

Melinda Salisbury and Laura Monterrosa measuring pit depth at San Nicolas


Aten Temple-Tell el Amarna

small Aten Temple-Tell el Amarna


West Africa Magnuson monkeys

Former Graduate student Lindsay Magnuson tracking monkeys in West Africa


Anthropology student

Anthropology student


Student Making Peanut Butter in Bolivia

Erin Wheelis making peanut butter, Bolivia Peace Corps


Dai Sun Xian Ceremony

Dai Suan xian ceremony


Anthropology Student dancing in field in
Burma

Anthropology students immersed in the Grenadian culture


Dai Dinner

Dai Dinner


Howling monkeys

Howling monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica


Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the end of the Costa Rica Primate Field Program


Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students at the Costa Rica Primate Field Program


Belize Field School

Dr. Cortes-Rincon and students at the Belize Archaeology Field Program


Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students observing monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica


Contact Information

Humboldt Center for
Evolutionary Anthropology
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) 233
Phone: 707.826.4330

Humboldt Center for Evolutionary Anthropology Staff

Laboratory Director

Marissa Ramsier, Ph.D.
photo: Marissa Ramsier

Dr. Ramsier is a biological anthropologist with a focus in comparative evolutionary anatomy and physiology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her dissertation focused on the evolution of the auditory system. Marissa's interests are broad and include both lab work and fieldwork; she is particularly interested in inter-relationships between anatomy and ecology. She is a strong proponent interdisciplinary collaboration and crossing methodological boundaries to explore scientific questions. Current areas of particular interest include: comparative anatomy and bioarchaeology, evolutionary medicine (nutrition and pathology), sensory ecology, and bioacoustics. Marissa has done fieldwork in Central and South America, Africa, the West Indies, and Poland, 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. In addition to conducting research, at HSU Marissa teaches anthropology courses, is the Graduate Program coordinator for the MA program in Applied Anthropology, and is co-Director of HSU Medieval Bioarchaeology Field Program in Poland and the HSU Costa Rica Primate Field School.

Email:
mas70@humboldt.edu

Research Associate

Ariel Gruenthal-Rankin
Ariel Gruenthal-Rankin

Ariel is a biological anthropologist with a focus in bioarchaeology. Some research areas of interest in include functional and developmental anatomy, post-mortem interval estimation; international human rights, and forensics. She received her M.Sc. in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, where she specialized in taphonomy. She conducted research in a variety of subfields, including bioarchaeology and faunal analysis. After completing her Master’s, she served as Humboldt County’s first female deputy coroner, where she continues to assist local law enforcement in analyzing human skeletal remains. Ariel supervises the zooarchaeological and forensics sections of the lab, and since 2012 she has been teaching anthropology courses at HSU. She is also Co-Director of the Medieval Bioarchaeology Program in Poland.

Email:
amg45@humboldt.edu

Research Associate

May Patiño
Image of May Patino

May is a biological anthropologist with a focus in evolutionary medicine. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in Anthropology, and has been a central part of the HCEA since its inception. She is currently pursuing her MA in Applied Anthropology at HSU, with a focus in evolutionary medicine and nutrition 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.

Email:
maypatino@gmail.com

Laboratory Founder

Mary Glenn, Ph.D.
Mary Glenn

Mary Glenn is a biological anthropologist with a focus in primate behavior and ecology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in Illinois, where 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 Associate Dean of Professional Studies and a Professor of Anthropology at HSU, a Senior Research Scientist at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, and an editor for numerous scientific journals and publishers. She has directed numerous field schools across the globe, including three seasons of the HSU Costa Rica Primate Field Program. At HSU, she is directing research related to genetic drift and island monkeys, among other things.

Email:
mary.glenn@humboldt.edu