Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

BSc Hons, PhD
ARC DECRA Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, Head of Biological Anthropology
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 9295

Areas of expertise

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Biological Adaptation 060303
  • Vertebrate Biology 060809
  • Forensic Biology 069901
  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Biomechanics 110601
  • Comparative Physiology 060604

Research interests

My research interest is the use of microscopic techniques in hard tissue biology to answer questions that relate to organism physiology, health, disease, environment, ecology, and social structures, both in the past and present.


2021-current: Head of Discipline, Biological Anthropology, ANU
2020-ongoing: Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, ANU
2019-2022: DECRA Fellow, ANU
2019-2023: Treasurer, Australasian Society for Human Biology
2016-2019: Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, ANU
2016-ongoing: Honorary Research Associate, University of Kent, UK
2015-2016: Research Assistant, Williams and Bassett Molecular Endocrinology Group, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, UK
2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
2014: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Kent, UK
2014: Fixed-term Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, University of Kent, UK
2014: PhD Biological Anthropology, Mahoney Group, University of Kent, UK
2012-2014: Osteologist, Kent Osteological Research and Analysis, UK
2010-2013: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kent, UK
2010: Bachelor of Science 1st Class Hons, University of Kent, UK
2009-2012: Assistant Osteologist, Kent Osteological Research and Analysis, UK
2008-2013: Laboratory Demonstrator, University of Kent, UK

Researcher's projects

Grants > $100k Principal investigator (PI): 

  • 2019-2022 ARC DECRA, $381,210 AUD (DE190100068) Bone metabolism change with lifestyle in ancient Asia-Pacific populations 
  • 2018 ANU Major Equipment Grant $135,000 AUD (18MEC26) Microscopy of the primate skeleton 

Associate investigator:

  • 2019-2022 NZ Marsden Fund The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: A Biocultural investigation of 19th century Frontier mining cemeteries in Australia, New Zealand and California $827,000 NZD (18-UOO-028), PI: Prof HR Buckley, University of Otago

My peer reviewed output record is 39 publications as of March 2021, including 1 edited book- see here for an updated list. Since 2010, I have secured ~$569,710 AUD in major and smaller grants towards research as a PI, and ~$13,203 AUD towards research travel. 

Find out more here

Available student projects

I am happy to mentor research students who are interested in learning how microscopic analyses of bones and teeth inform about human and non-human animal behaviour in the past and present.

Current student projects

Masters/ Honours
Lauren Richards (Masters) Bone health and social inequality

PhD Chair
Madeleine Green Hominin fossil histology and behaviour 
Karen Cooke Histopathology of treponemal disease in ancient humans 
Tahlia Stewart Effect of different dietary regimes on human bone physiology 
Chelsea Morgan Sex and gender in bioarchaeology 

PhD panel member:
Pau Basilia Insular dwarfism in SEA Stegodon sp. fossils (Griffith University) 
Nicole Macfarlane The effects of differing water types on the decomposition of bone in aquatic contexts (ANU)

See all here

Past student projects

2021 Lauren Meckel (PhD, submitted) Structural Violence in Éire: The Bone Histology of Victims from the Great Famine (Kilkenny, Ireland 1845-1852) (co-supervisor, University of Otago)
2021 Madeleine Fleming (MPhil) Investigation of type 2 diabetic trabecular compensation in femoral bone of the NOD·B10 foz/foz mouse (co-supervisor, ANU JCSMR)
2019 Nathalia Dias Guimaraes (Masters) Human palaeohistology at Santana Do Riacho
2019 Hannah Miles (Masters) Osteocyte lacunae morphology in medieval human bone 
2019 Meg Walker (Masters) Ancient human behaviour and ancestry in Holocene Vietnam
2019 Kate Phillips (Masters) Sex, age, physical activity and bone maintenance and loss
2019 Sarah Robertson (PhD) Cribra orbitalia at Christ Church Spitalfields via micro-CT 
2018 Tara Mann (Honours) Tibia vara and obesity
2018 Diana Tieppo (Masters) Sex-specific variation in bone microstructure of femur
2018 Danielle Rosenquist (Masters) Remodelling in hand and foot phalanges
2017 Coco James (Masters) Femoral muscle markings and endosteal cortex remodelling
2017 Stephanie Robinson (Masters) Chalcolithic Wedge Tombs and an Iron Age Burial
2017 Bronwyn Wyatt (Masters) Health and disease in prehistoric Indonesia
2017 Claire Rider (Masters) Hip joint pathology and lower limb skeletal adaptation
2016 Natasha Langley (Masters) The effects of experimental burning on Sus scrofa enamel
2016 Ashley Bridge (Masters) Stature in forensics using Australian anthropometric data  
2014 Rosie Pitfield (Masters) Histomorphometry in the human humerus during ontogeny (co-supervisor, University of Kent)

See all here


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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