Biological Anthropology Research Center

The Biological Anthropology Research Center (Bioanth Lab) is dedicated to providing training and research opportunities in evolutionary and applied biological anthropology. At the lab, student research assistants learn methods and engage in research in evolutionary and applied anthropology by working both independently (as project leads and in groups) and with faculty and other researchers.
The lab and its resources are also integrated into biological anthropology courses.
Students and staff are dedicated to outreach and collaboration - we work with students and faculty from other departments and institutions as well as consult on forensics cases to assist local agencies (see forensics services and resources).

Some areas of current interest include:

  • Comparative anatomy & physiology
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Bioarchaeology & forensics
  • Taphonomy and zooarchaeology
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • DNA barcoding
  • Evolutionary medicine and nutrition
  • Primate behavior, ecology & conservation
  • Bioacoustics and communication


  • Fume hood
  • Microscribe
  • Osteometric boards and calipers
  • Analytical balance
  • Photography supplies
  • Zooarchaeological collection
  • Human osteology collection
  • Primate and hominin fossil cast collection
  • Fingerprinting kits
  • Stable isotope prep equipment
  • PCR thermocycler & DNA barcoding equipment
  • Acoustics recording equipment and analysis software
  • General biological and chemistry equipment and supplies
  • Medieval Bioarchaeology in Poland Field Program

Get Involved:

There are several ways to be involved in the lab and bioanth at Humboldt:
  • Take courses in bioanth, especially Anth 330: Method & Theory in Bio Anth
  • Enroll in Anth 482 Anthropology Internship and apply to work in the lab.
  • Volunteer to assist with ongoing student and faculty projects.


Director: Marissa Ramsier,
Co-Directors: Mary Beth Glenn,, May Patiño, 
Research Associates: Dara Adams,, Ariel Gruenthal-Rankin,

Contact Information:

Biological Anthropology Research Center, BSS 135 & 233
Cal Poly Humboldt
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521