Isabelle Catherine Winder

Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University

I am an evolutionary anthropologist in the broad sense, with interests in primatology, functional morphology, 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 am working on two main projects at present, one using morphometrics to explore the evolution of primate locomotion and another applying niche modelling to gain a better understanding of primate distributions, ecology and landscape use. Both have an evolutionary flavour to them, and ultimately I hope to use the insights gained from these and related projects to help reconstruct human evolution. I am currently writing up some of the findings of my earlier work on the subject for a book called The Landscapes of Human Evolution which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

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. This has produced a co-authored book called The Behavioural Ecology of Project-Based Science and remains ongoing.


  • 2017–present
    Teaching and Learning Development Leader, Bangor University
  • –present
    Lecturer in Zoology (Evolutionary Anthropology), 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


  • 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