Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr Kristine Korzow Richter

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr Kristine Korzow Richter

Dr Kristine Korzow Richter
Dr Kristine Korzow Richter
Department of Archaeology

Phone: +49 3641 686-777
Room: 007

Main Focus

Kristine Korzow Richter’s research applies biomolecular techniques to reconstruct past aquatic ecosystems in order to better elucidate the dynamic relationships between humans and these environments, identify fish population responses to past ecological and anthropogenic drivers, and predict future responses of fish populations to climate change.


She is also committed to science outreach and regularly participates in Twitter conferences, public lectures, and workshops for adults and children.  You can find more information at

Curriculum Vitae

Kristine Korzow Richter received a BA in Biochemistry and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and a MS in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.  She also holds a MSc in Archaeological Science from the University of Bradford, UK.  In 2014 she completed her PhD in Biology and Astrobiology from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.  Her dissertation explored ancient DNA preservation in extreme environments.

She had held Newton and Marie Curie Fellowships at the University of York, UK working on MAFRI, Molecular Ancient Fish Remains Identification using ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry). In her postdoctoral work she will continue to palaeoproteomic analysis to identify fish bones in order to answer questions about aquatic resource exploitation and palaeoecology across Asia and the Pacific Northwest.


JR Paris, KD Sherman, E Bell, C Boulenger, C Delord, MBM El-Mahdi, EA Fairfield, AM Griffiths, C Gutmann Roberts, RD Hedger, LE Holman, LH Hooper, NE Humphries, I Katsiadaki, RA King, A Lemopoulos, CJ Payne, G Peirson, KK Richter, MI Taylor, CN Trueman, B Hayden, JR Stevens. (2018) Understanding and Managing Fish Populations: keeping the toolbox fit for purpose.  Journal of Fish Biology92(3): 727-751.

AKG Jones,KK Richter.(2017) Widening the net: new approaches to the identification of fish remains from archaeological sites.  In S Gabriel, E. Reitz (Eds.) Fishing through time. Archaeoichthyology, biodiversity, ecology and human impact on aquatic environments. Proceedings of the 18thbiennial meeting of the Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG). Lisboa: Direcção Geral do Património Cultural.

MJ Collins, J Harland, O Craig, KK Richter, N van Doorn N, and C Trueman. (2011). What use are old fish bones in helping to understand the history of marine animal populations? In Gertwagen R., Fortibuoni T., Giovanardi O., Libralato S., Solidoro C. and Raicevich S. (Eds.)HMAP International Summer School When Humanities Meet Ecology: Historic changes in Mediterranean and Black Sea marine biodiversity and ecosystems since the Roman period until nowadays. Languages, methodologies and perspectives(pp. 61-72). Rome: Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale.

KK Richter, J Wilson, AKG Jones, M Buckley, N van Doorn, and MJ Collins. (2011). Fish 'n chips: ZooMS peptide mass fingerprinting in a 96 well plate format to identify fish bone fragments. Journal of Archaeological Science38(7): 1502-1510.

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