Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

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 (social) bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology/biology. My chief interests are ancient human behaviour and physiology, and vertebrate skeletal growth dynamics. 


I have 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 then worked in medicine (2015-2016) at Imperial College (London, UK) Hammersmith Hospital assisting (bone phenotyping) on a Wellcome-Trust funded project investigating molecular endocrinology of osteoporosis. I took up a permanent lectureship at the ANU in 2016, and successfully set up a hard tissue microstructure lab. In 2016, I also became an Honorary Research Associate with the Skeletal Biology Research Centre at the University of Kent (UK). From 2019, I will be serving on the executive board as a Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Human Biology. 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

Between 2019 and 2022 I will be mainly reconstructing human bone metabolism in relation to lifestyle in Holocene samples from Asia-Pacific as part of my ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE190100068).

Generally, almost all of my ongoing projects examine human and non-human animal skeletal microstructure in relation to organism biology, physiology, environment, ecology, individually and complementarily. I am particularly interested in the effect of socio-economic inequality and inequity on bone health.

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

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Past student projects

2019 Kate Phillips (Masters) Osteoporosis from past to present (with JCSMR)
2019 Sarah Robertson (PhD) Diagnosis of cribra orbitalia via uCT (primary supervisor)
2018 Tara Mann (Honours) Tibia vara and obesity
2018 Diana Tieppo (Masters) Endosteal bone porosity in ancient males and females
2018 Danielle Rosenquist (Masters) Cortical bone remodeling in human foot and hand phalanges
2017 Coco James (Masters) Femoral muscle markings and underlying 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 
2014 Rosie Pitfield (Masters) Histomorphometry in the human humerus during ontogeny (co-supervisor, University of Kent)

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