Biological Anthropology Research Center

The Biological Anthropology Research Center (Bioanth Lab) is dedicated to providing quality training and research opportunities in biological anthropology for HSU students. 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 to address diet and migration
  • DNA barcoding to identify species
  • Evolutionary medicine and nutrition
  • Primate behavior, ecology & conservation
  • Bioacoustics and communication


  • Fume hood
  • Microscribe
  • Osteometric boards and calipers
  • Analytical balance
  • Zooarchaeological 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 HSU:
  • Take courses in bioanth, especially Anth 330: Method & Theory in Bio Anth, and Anth 485: Bio Anth Lab.
  • Apply to be a research assistant - pick up an application in the Anthropology Department office (BSS 506) and contact us. Concurrent enrollment in Anth 485: Bio Anth Lab is required during semesters that the course is offered.
  • Volunteer to assist with ongoing student and faculty projects


Director: May Patiño,
Co-Directors: Mary Glenn,, Marissa Ramsier,
Research Associates: Alisha Gaskins,, Ariel Gruenthal-Rankin,,
Graduate Lab Coordinator: Jenna Horvat,

Contact Information:

Biological Anthropology Research Center, BSS 233
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707.826.4330