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.
My career history has included:
Research Associate, University of York, Department of Archaeology
Honourary Research Associate, University of Liverpool, Department of Musculoskeletal Biology II
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Palaeoanthropology, University of York, Department of Archaeology/PALAEO Research Centre
Visiting Lecturer/Teaching Staff, University of York, Department of Archaeology/Centre for Lifelong Learning/York Management School
PhD in Hominin Palaeoecology, University of York, Department of Archaeology/PALAEO Research Centre
MSc Palaeoanthropology, University of Sheffield, Department of Archaeology
BSc Geography, University of Sheffield, Department of Geography
I welcome expressions of interest from people who share my research interests (described in other sections). Specifically, I can offer PhDs in the following core areas:
1. Biogeography, ecological modelling and community responses to climate change. I usually do this for non-human primates, but my interests are broad enough to cover other taxa as well. Core question: how will anthropogenic habitat and climate change affect animals?
2. Human evolution, in the broad sense (incuding ecology, interactions with the environment, behaviour, anatomy...). These projects are flexible, and can be comparative, fossil-focused or more question-driven: I have particular interests in reticulate and mosaic evolution.
3. Extended Synthesis perspectives on evolution, and how science is done (including science communication, vsiualisation, data science and the anthropology of science). This strand could be stand-alone or incorporated into one of the two above, as a component part.
Within these broad areas, my PGRs often use niche modelling, statistical analysis, Geographical Information Systems, phylogenetics, morphometrics, field ecology or behavioural research and theoretical approaches.
Do get in touch if these areas interest you!
I currently supervise two PhD students: Stacey Massey, working on human evolution with me, Vivien Shaw, Dr. Alex Georgiev and Prof. Oliver Turnbull, and Alexandra Allen, who is at Liverpool and whom I co-supervise with Prof. Robin Crompton and Dr Kris D'Aout).
I also supervise MScRes, MZoo and BSc projects in all the areas listed above, and would be keen to hear from students interested in conducting research with me (see above)!
In 2019-20 I am supervising 6 MScRes and 6 MZool projects.
I teach on the following modules:
BSX-3161 Human Evolutionary Biology (module organiser)
MSE-3009 Applied Anatomy
BSX-3150 Life in a Changing Climate
BSX-2033 Uganda (Primatology) Field Course
BSX-1031 Practical Skills 2 (module organiser)
BSX-1030 Practical Skills 1
Personal website: www.isabellewinder.com
Phone: 01248 38 8859
Office location: Memorial Building, Room F6
School roles: Programme Organiser for Zoology with Primatology, Biology degrees and Biology with Biotechnology, Head of Year 3.