Michelle Alexander
Senior Lecturer in Bioarchaeology



Michelle Alexander (formerly Mundee) first studied Archaeology in Durham University in 2002 where she completed a BSc degree in Archaeology, focusing on bioarchaeology and medieval archaeology. She went on to study for an MSc degree in Biomolecular Archaeology, run jointly between the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. She completed her Masters dissertation at Manchester in 2006, specializing in ancient DNA. Michelle then returned to Durham University to complete her PhD with an AHRC funded Durham Doctoral Fellowship where she analyzed the stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen (δ13C, δ15N) in human and animal remains to explore diet between faiths, geographical locations and through time in Medieval Spain.

In 2010 Michelle took up the post of Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology in Aberdeen University, returning to focus on DNA and faunal remains while acting as a Visiting Fellow at Durham University and Cornell University, USA. Michelle took up a Lectureship in Bioarchaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York in January 2012 and has since pursued isotopic analysis of historic period human and animal populations in the UK, Europe and elsewhere with a focus on the Mediterranean.



My research is driven towards the study of bioarchaeology and in particular the application of biomoelcular techniques to aid in understanding the diet and resource base of communities particularly at the interface of socio-cultural and economic transistions in historic populations. I specialise in the application of stable isotope analysis (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S and a bit of δ16O!) to ancient human and animal populations. 

Michelle Alexander Profile

Contact details

Dr Michelle Alexander
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building 2nd Floor
Wentworth Way
YO10 5DD

Tel: (44) 1904 328714

External activities


Invited talks

May 2013: Departmental seminar at the Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, University of Salento

Nov 2014: Departmental seminar at the Departamento Geografía, Prehistoria y Arqueología, University of the Basque Country