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Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

BSc Hons, PhD
Lecturer, Biological Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 9295

Areas of expertise

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Biological Adaptation 060303
  • Forensic Biology 069901
  • Biomechanics 110601
  • Archaeological Science 210102

Research interests

I study the microstructure of hard tissue in humans and other animals to address questions in bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology/biology. My chief interests are ancient human behaviour and physiology, and vertebrate skeletal growth dynamics.


I received a Bachelor of Science (Hons, 2010) and a PhD in Biological Anthropology (2014) from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK), where I also held a fixed-term (2013-2014) lectureship in the same discipline. In 2014, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). I later worked in medicine (molecular endocrinology of osteoporosis) (2015-2016) at Imperial College (London, UK) Hammersmith Hospital. I moved to the ANU as a Lecturer in 2016, and in 2017 succesfully launched our (palaeo)histology lab. In 2016, I also became an Honorary Research Associate with the Skeletal Biology Research Centre at the University of Kent (UK). In addition to academia, I worked (2008-2013) as an Assistant Osteologist and later Osteologist for Kent Osteological Research and Analysis (UK) writing up human skeletal analysis professional reports.

Researcher's projects

Specifically and currently, I am mainly focused on reconstructing human bone metabolism in relation to lifestyle in Holocene samples from Asia-Pacific and Europe within biological anthropology. Generally, almost all of my ongoing research projects examine human and non-human animal skeletal microstructure in relation to organism biology, physiology, environment, ecology, individually and complementarily. 

See here 

Available student projects

I am looking to mentor research students who are interested in microscopic analyses of hard tissues in bioarchaeology and broad skeletal biology.

Current student projects

(NB. I will be away on Outside Studies Program in S1 of 2019)

  • 2019 Nathalia Dias Guimaraes (Masters) Ancient human bone histology at Santana do Riacho, Brazil
  • 2019 Hannah Miles (Masters) Osteocyte lacunae morphology in ancient human bone
  • 2018 Maddy Green (PhD) Hominin fossil histology and behaviour (Chair)
  • 2018 Karen Cooke (PhD) Histopathology of treponemal disease in archaeological human bone (Chair)
  • 2018 Tahlia Stewart (PhD) The effect of different dietary regimes on human bone physiology (Chair)
  • 2018 Meg Walker (Masters) Human palaeohistology at Man Bac, Vietnam
  • 2017 Chelsea Morgan (PhD) Sex and gender in Bioarchaeology (Chair)

see all here

Past student projects

  • 2018 (submitted) Kate Phillips (Masters) Osteoporosis from the past to present (with JCSMR)
  • 2018 Tara Mann (Honours) Tibia vara and obesity
  • 2018 Diana Tieppo (Masters) Endosteal bone porosity in ancient males and females
  • 2018 Sarah Robertson (PhD) Differential diagnosis of cribra orbitalia via micro-CT (primary supervisor)
  • 2018 Danielle Rosenquist (Masters) Cortical bone remodeling in human foot and hand phalanges
  • 2017 Coco James (Masters) Femoral muscle markings and the underlying cortical bone histology
  • 2017 Stephanie Robinson (Masters) Osteobiography of an individual from prehistoric Ireland
  • 2017 Bronwyn Wyatt (Masters) Health and disease in prehistoric Indonesia 
  • 2017 Claire Rider (Masters) Effects of leg pathology on femoral bone remodeling
  • 2016 Natasha Langley (Masters) Experimental burning on pig dental enamel
  • 2016 Ashley Bridge (Masters) Looking at new ways to identify stature in Australian Forensics 

See all here


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