Marissa Ramsier

Associate Professor - Biological Anthropology


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

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


I am a strong proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration and crossing theoretical and methodological boundaries to explore questions. My research interests are broad and include both lab work and fieldwork, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and the integration of disparate fields and datasets. Within anthropology, my focus is in comparative anatomy, bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, ecology, health, and diet. My current research focuses on skeletal biology, heallth, diet, and migration in medieval Poland, including the influence of colonization on the health and lifeways of Old Prussians. Other areas of interest include stable isotope ecology, zooarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and nonhuman primate evolutionary biology.  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. I also consult on forensic anthropology cases with various local agencies.

  • Method & Theory in Biological Anthropology
  • Archaeology & World Prehistory
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Skeletal Biology & Forensics
  • Comparative Osteology / Zooarchaeology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Biological Anthropology
  • 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, Cal Poly Humboldt
Marissa Ramsier