Anthropology – Justyna Miszkiewicz

Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recipient (2018), reconstructing ancient human bone metabolism change with lifestyle in Asia-Pacific populations spanning the last 10,000 years of human history. Her work involves a microscopic examination of anthropological and archaeological collections of human skeletal remains, and post-mortem/forensic donor samples, to investigate skeletal plasticity (Haversian bone tissue remodelling) in response to different regimes of physical activity. She collaborates with Queensland based archaeologists and anthropologists who examine human remains from various temporal and spatial contexts.

An hypothesis that is of interest to her is whether human bone remodelling has slowed down with an increase in modern sedentary lifestyles.