The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

Alison Murray

Primary Field
Biological Anthropology
Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Biological, skeletal biology, 3D imaging methods

My research examines the evolutionary origins of modern human diversity, and the energetic, behavioural, and cultural mechanisms through which it is shaped in our species. To study this, I combine the study of human skeletal variation in the archaeological record with the experimental study of living humans, which lets me link prehistoric skeletal variation with the evolutionary mechanisms that may have helped shape it. My work currently on ultramarathon runners from all over the world, and with varsity-aged female athletes based in Cambridge, England


  • Biological anthropology
  • Functional anatomy
  • Skeletal biology
  • Life history
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