Marissa Ramsier

Associate Professor & Chair - Biological Anthropology


Anthropology Department Chair
Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor

Biological Anthropology Research Center


I am an anthropologist with a focus in comparative ecology, anatomy, and physiology. 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. Current areas of particular research interest include: Comparative anatomy and physiology, adaptation and aclimitization (including in extreme/artificial environments and closed systems), evolutionary ecology,  bioarchaeology, sensory ecology, and bioacoustics.  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
(707) 826-4948
Office: BSS 520B