Humboldt Center for Evolutionary Anthropology Staff
- Marissa Ramsier, Ph.D.
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.
- 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.
- May Patiño
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.
- Mary Glenn, Ph.D.
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.