Jan-Olaf Reschke

organizational unit


The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 7542 1574

Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral student


"Simulating hominin subsistence in Pleistocene Asia"

My work is focused on the subsistence behavior and mobility pattern of early hominins. I want to apply agent-based modelling to test if grasslands played an important role in the dispersal of Homo erectus into Asia during the Pleistocene. This hypothesis is summarized in the term "Savannastan", which refers to the dispersal of large herbivores and H. erectus using the expanding savanna as a corridor to spread into Asia. Modelling the subsistence behavior of H. erectus will allow us to test if and how they were able to benefit from a grassland environment.



since 10/2019 research fellow in Agent-based Modelling and Simulation



2020 Master in Ecology and Evolution. Thesis title: "Modelling the gathering behavior of early hominin, using recent hunter-gatherer behavior" (Goethe University, Frankfurt)



06/2021 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2021

Selected publications and lectures

Prost, S., Petersen, M., Grethlein, M., Hahn, S.J., Kuschik-Maczollek, N., Olesiuk, M.E., Reschke, J.-O., Schmey, T.E., Zimmer, C., Gupta, D.K., Schell, T., Coimbra, R., De Raad, J., Lammers, F., Winter, S., Janke, A. (2020): Improving the Chromosome-Level Genome Assembly of the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) in a University Master’s Course. G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics, Volume 10, Issue 7, 2179–2183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.120.401205.

Main research interests

Subsistence behavior

Animal movement

Agent-based modelling