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Isabelle Catherine Winder

Senior Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University

I am an evolutionary anthropologist in the broad sense, with interests in primatology, functional morphology (anatomy), evolutionary biology, biogeography, ecology, palaeontology and human origins. My work applies an evolutionary perspective and focuses on unpicking the complex relationships between different aspects of and actors in evolutionary systems.

I also have a particular interest in human behaviour, both across different human groups (ethnography) and as it compares to the behaviour of the non-human primates, and have done quite a bit of work looking at primate responses to climate change.

In addition to my primary work on evolutionary anthropology and primatology, I am also interested in the anthropology of science and how humans learn, teach, conduct research and communicate their work.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer in Zoology (Evolutionary Anthropology), Bangor University
  • 2016–2020
    Lecturer in Zoology (Evolutionary Anthropology), Bangor University
  • 2017–2020
    Teaching and Learning Development Leader, Bangor University
  • 2012–2015
    Postdoctoral Research Associate in Palaeoanthropology, University of York
  • 2009–2012
    Research Assistant in Hominin Palaeoecology (ERC DISPERSE project), University of York


  • 2020 
    Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (SFHEA)
  • 2015 
    Higher Education Academy, Fellow (FHEA)
  • 2014 
    University of York, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • 2012 
    University of York, PhD Archaeology
  • 2010 
    University of Sheffield, MSc Palaeoanthropology
  • 2008 
    University of Sheffield, BSc Geography

Professional Memberships

  • Anatomical Society
  • Primate Society of Great Britain