Marissa Ramsier

Associate Professor & Chair - Biological Anthropology


Anthropology Department Chair
Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor
Biological Anthropology Research Center
Bezławki Bioarchaeology Field Program

Office Hours
Email:mas70( at )
(707) 826-4948


I am an anthropologist with a focus in comparative anatomy, physiology, and ecology. My research interests are broad and include both lab work and fieldwork; I am a strong proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration and crossing methodological boundaries to explore scientific questions. Much of my work involves quantitative methods and multimodal data analysis, and the integration of dispartate fields. My main area of current research is skeletal biology at a medieval bioarchaeological site at Bezławki, Poland. Other areas of research include adaptation and aclimitization and evolutionary ecology.  I have conducted fieldwork in Central and South America, Africa, the West Indies, and Europe. I am the Co-Director of the Biological Anthropology Research Lab and the Bezławki Bioarchaeology Field Program in Poland.

  • Method & Theory in Biological Anthropology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Biological Anthropology Laboratory
  • Human Biology, Adaptation & Evolution
  • Bioarchaeology & Zooarchaeology
  • Skeletal Biology & Forensics
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Primate Adaptation & Evolution
  • Bezławki Bioarchaeology Field Program
Ph.D.  Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A.  Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A.  Anthropology, Humboldt State University
Marissa Ramsier