Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

Honorary Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


I am a Polish-Australian biological anthropologist and I specialise in hard tissue (bone and tooth) microscopy which I apply to understand the biology and function of humans and other mammals. ​I work with modern, archaeological, and palaeontological samples. I am based in Brisbane, Australia and currently conduct research predominantly affiliated with the University of Queensland (Honorary Senior Lecturer since 2021). I am also a Correspondent Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (The Netherlands), and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK). ​I have 63 peer-reviewed publications and have so far secured >$580k in research grants as a PI, including a 2019–2022 ARC DECRA (DE190100068). As a CI/AI, I have featured on ~$1.7 million worth of research grants, including a 2019–2021 Marsden Fund Project Grant (18-UOO-028) and a 2023–2025 ARC DP (DP230100440).

Between September and November 2022, I was a Martin & Temminck Fellow at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in The Netherlands​. ​Until September 2022, I spent almost 7 years at the Australian National University in Canberra working as an ARC DECRA Fellow (2019–2022), Senior Lecturer (promoted in 2019), and Lecturer. Between 2015 and 2016 I was a Research Assistant in medicine at Imperial College in London. Until 2014, I spent about 8 years at the University of Kent in Canterbury completing a BSc (2010), PhD (2014), and PGCHE (2014), and working in various teaching roles, including tutoring, lab demonstration, sessional lecturing, and lecturing. I was previously Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Human Biology, and Honorary Editor (2022) of The Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland (PRSQ). I am currently Editorial Board Member of Anthropological Review and Scientific Reports, Honorary Associate Editor (2023) of PRSQ, and Review Editor (2023) of Human Bioarchaeology and Paleopathology (Frontiers in Environmental Archaeology).


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Kent
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kent
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Kent


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Book Chapter

  • DeMars, Lily J.D., Torres-Tamayo, Nicole, Hirst, Cara Stella and Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2023). Bone biology and microscopic changes in response to behaviour. Behaviour in our bones: how human behaviour influences skeletal morphology. (pp. 7-38) edited by Cara Stella Hirst, Rebecca J. Gilmour, Kimberly A. Plomp and Francisca Alves Cardoso. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-821383-4.00009-7

  • Walker, Meg M., Street, Emma M., Pitfield, Rosie, Miszkiewicz, Justyna J., Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L. and Mahoney, Patrick (2019). Ancient human bone microstructure case studies from medieval England. Bone health: a reflection of the social mosaic. (pp. 35-52) edited by Justyna J. Miszkiewicz, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen and Jose A. Riancho. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_3

  • Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2019). Medieval English Social Inequality and Bone Health: What Lessons are There to be Learnt for the Living?. Bone Health. (pp. 3-15) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_1

  • Miszkiewicz, Justyna J., Stewart, Tahlia J., Deter, Chris A., Fahy, Geraldine E. and Mahoney, Patrick (2019). Skeletal health in medieval societies: insights from ancient bone collagen stable isotopes and dental histology. Bone health: a reflection of the social mosaic. (pp. 17-34) edited by Justyna J. Miszkiewicz, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen and Jose A. Riancho. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_2

  • Wyatt, Bronwyn and Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2019). Skeletal markers of health and disease in the Northern Moluccas. The Spice Islands in Prehistory: Archaeology in the Northern Moluccas, Indonesia. (pp. 201-209) edited by Bellwood, Peter. Canberra, ACT Australia: Australian National University. doi: 10.22459/TA50.2019

  • Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L., Riancho, Jose A. and Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2019). The Social Context of Bone Health: Conclusions and Future Directions. Bone Health. (pp. 177-181) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_10

  • Kinaston, Rebecca, Willis, Anna, Miszkiewicz, Justyna J., Tromp, Monica and Oxenham, Marc F. (2019). The dentition. Ortner's Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains. (pp. 749-797) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-809738-0.00021-1

  • Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. and Mahoney, Patrick (2017). Human bone and dental histology in an archaeological context. Human remains: another dimension: the application of imaging to the study of human remains. (pp. 29-43) edited by David Errickson and Tim Thompson. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-804602-9.00004-7

  • Mahoney, Patrick and Miszkiewicz, Justyna (2015). Formation Times in Thermally Altered Enamel. The Analysis of Burned Human Remains: Second Edition. (pp. 355-363) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-800451-7.00020-6

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