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ASP Lithics Lab

Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas, Inc.

National Museum of the Philippines

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University of the Philippines (Diliman)

The Solheim Foundation

Talastasang Bakas (Sayt ni Dr. Z.A. Salazar)

Bagong Kasaysayan

MOVER: An Erasmus Mundus Program

Erasmus Mundus Master in Quaternary and Prehistory

Human Origins Patrimony in Southeast Asia




Rebekka Volmer

Assistant Professor

Research Interest:
Palaeoecology as my main interest, is the study on interactions between organisms in the past. Humans as being hunters and hunted before agricultural times, must have been influenced by other predators in their evolution – and vice versa. My focus lies mainly on prey choices by humans as well as interaction between humans and predators in the past.

Area of Specialization:
Palaeoecology Large mammals, Pleistocene of Southeast Asia, and Ecological Modelling.

Current Projects:


INQUA Project 1403: Modeling human settlement, fauna and flora dynamics in Europe during the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (1.2 to 0.4 Ma)


OVPAA: “Subsistence Strategies and Prey Spectra of First Humans in the Philippines



PhD in Paeleobiology, University of Frankfurt, Germany.Dissertation Title: Structure and use of shared food resources in extant and fossil carnivore guilds.


MSc in Palaeobiology, University of Frankfurt, Germany.

Archaeology Courses Taught

Archaeology 2

Introduction to Archaeology (undergraduate)

Archaeology 297

Special Topics in Archaeology

Archaeology 242

Archaeobiological Remains: Animal Remains

Archaeology 399

Independent Study to Archaeology

Archaeology 300

Master's Thesis

Major Publications since 2004


Volmer, Rebekka; Hölzchen, Ericson; Wurster, Alexia; Maria Rebecca Ferrares; Hertler, Christine (2017): Did Leopards (Panthera pardus) become extinct in Sumatra because of competition for prey? - Modelling interspecific competition within the Late Pleistocene carnivore guild of the Padang Highlands, Sumatra. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 487, 175-186..


Volmer, Rebekka; Hertler, Christine (2016): Competition effects of sharing food resources in extant and fossil carnivore guilds. Quaternary International 413 (Part B), 32-43.


Volmer, Rebekka; Hertler, Christine; van der Geer, Alexandra (2016): Niche overlap and competition potential among tigers (Panthera tigris), sabertoothed cats (Homotherium ultimum, Hemimachairodus zwierzyckii) and Merriam’s Dog (Megacyon merriami) in the Pleistocene of Java. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 441, 901-911..


Volmer, R. Impact of Carnivores on Human Evolution: Competition between Homo erectus and Carnivores During the Pleistocene of Java. Newsletter of The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans, 8, 2-4.


Hertler, Christine; Volmer, Rebekka: Assessing prey competition in fossil carnivore communities - a scenario for prey competition and its evolutionary consequences for tigers in Pleistocene Java. In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 257 (2008), S. 67-80.


Volmer, Rebekka ; Denzau, Susanne ; Hertler, Christine (2007): Körpermasse: Eine komplexe paläobiologische Variable - Rekonstruktion von Nahrungsnetzen im Pleistozän Südostasiens. In: Erfurt, Jorge; Maul, Lutz Christian (Eds.): 34. Tagung des Arbeitskreises für Wirbeltierpaläontologie der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft (34. Tagung des Arbeitskreises für Wirbeltierpaläontologie der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft Freyburg/Unstrut 16.03.-18.03.2007). 2007, S. 125-129. (Hallesches Jahrb. Geowiss., Nr. 23).


Flohr, Stefan; Strympe, Kathleen; Thielsch, Anne; Volmer, Rebekka; Rehbach, Nils-Jörn (2006): Möglichkeiten der Geschlechtsbestimmung anhand von Gehörknöchelchen beim Menschen. In: Benecke, Norbert (Ed.) : Beiträge zur Archäozoologie und Prähistorischen Anthropologie (Neue Forschungsergebnisse zur Archäozoologie und Anthropologie Frankfurt am Main 29.09 - 01.10.2004). Bd. V. Langenweißbach: Beier & Beran, 2006, S. 166-175.