Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

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

Areas of expertise

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Biological Adaptation 060303

Research interests

Conceptually, I want to understand human biology in a social framework. Humans today have extremely fragile bone. Outside of genetics, this poor bone quality is determined by a series of environmental and social factors. I study these in past populations to better understand skeletal plasticity in different contexts so that we can predict and improve human bone health in the future. Technically, I study the micro-anatomy and cell structures of bones and teeth both in humans and animal models to reconstruct the underlying skeletal metabolism and growth dynamics. My chief interest is the relationship between skeletal physiology and behaviour.


2020-ongoing: Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, ANU
2019-2022: DECRA Fellow, ANU
2019-ongoing: Treasurer, Australasian Society for Human Biology
2016-ongoing: Hard Tissue Histology Group leader, ANU
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:

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

Associate investigator:

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

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
2021 Lauren Richards (Masters) Bone health and social inequality

PhD Chair
2018 Madeleine Green Hominin fossil histology and behaviour 
2018 Karen Cooke Histopathology of treponemal disease in ancient humans 
2018 Tahlia Stewart Effect of different dietary regimes on human bone physiology 
2017 Chelsea Morgan Sex and gender in bioarchaeology 

Supervisory panel member:
2019 Pau Basilia (PhD) Insular dwarfism in SEA Stegodon sp. fossils (Griffith University) 
2019 Madeleine Fleming (MPhil) Trabecular parameters and T2 Diabetic fractures? (JCSMR)
2017 Lauren Meckel (PhD) Health of Irish Famine victims (University of Otago)
2016 Nicole Macfarlane (PhD) The effects of differing water types on the decomposition of bone in aquatic contexts (ANU)

See all here

Past student projects

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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