Forensic Anthropology Services & Resources


The HSU Department of Anthropology and the Biological Anthropology Research Center offer services to local law enforcement, search and rescue, and cultural resources organizations, including:

  • Workshops on identifying human skeletal remains in the field, including differentiating from nonhuman animal remains. These workshops can be accomplished with use of plastic casts of human remains, if preferred.
  • Assistance with field recovery of remains.
  • Examination of fully or partially skeletalized remains, including identification as human or nonhuman, removal of adherent materials, cleaning, sorting, and forensic anthropological assessment of age, stature, sex, pathologies, and trauma.
For more information or to request services, please contact:
Marissa Ramsier, Ph.D.
Biological Anthropology Research Center (BARC / BioARC)
Department of Anthropology
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Office: (707) 826-4948 (non-urgent messages only)
Cell: (707) 599-5405

*For forensic services or other matters needing quick response, please use email or cell.