Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, 2017)
Assistant Professor, St. George Campus

Office: AP 528

Research Keywords: bioarchaeology, human evolution, skeletal biology, adaptation and plasticity

Research Region: Africa, North America

Website: https://mecam62.wixsite.com/michellecameron

Research Bio

Michelle Cameron joined the Department of Anthropology in 2018 after completing her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2017. Dr. Cameron specialized in biological anthropology and bioarchaeology. Her research explores human plasticity and adaptability, looking at how diverse environmental and cultural contexts shape the human body.

Dr. Cameron integrates skeletal, archaeological, and ecological lines of evidence to understand how human behaviours and biology were impacted by environmental conditions in the past. She uses a range of methods including 3D modelling, biomechanical analyses, and spatial analyses to examine how people negotiated environmental challenges.

Dr. Cameron also examines how subsistence transitions, such as economic intensification and the introduction of herding practices, impacted past populations. Her bioarchaeological work is primarily based in South Africa and Namibia, however, she also has research interests in eastern Africa and North America.

She also researches skeletal biology among living humans to better understand how our skeletons respond to biocultural stressors. By looking at skeletal morphology in past and present groups, Dr. Cameron seeks to bring together our knowledge of the human skeleton in the living and the deceased.


In press       Cameron, M. E., Pfeiffer, S. An additional person from “Diaz Street Midden,” Saldanha Bay, Western Cape. South African Archaeological Bulletin.

In press       Cameron, M. E., Stock, J. T. Biomechanics, habitual activity, and resilience among southern African hunter-gatherers and herders. In D. Temple & C. Stojanowski C (Eds.), Hunter-Gatherer adaptation and resilience: A bioarchaeological perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2018            Cameron, M. E., Lapham, H., Shaw, C. N. Examining the influence of hide processing on Native American upper limb morphology. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 28, 332–342.

2018            Cameron, M. E., Stock J. T. Environmental variation in southern African Later Stone Age biomechanical properties. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports, 17, 125–136.

2014            Cameron, M. E., Pfeiffer, S. Long bone cross-sectional geometric properties of Later Stone Age foragers and herder-foragers. South African Journal of Science, 110 (9/10), 2013-0369.