Marko Jusup


Marko Jusup

Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

Mathematical Biology


I'm currently an assistant professor at Institute for Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Previously, I held a similar position for two years at Center of Mathematics for Social Creativity, Hokkaido University. I was also a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow at Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University. I got my (i) PhD in Environmental Risk Management in March 2012 from Yokohama National University, (ii) an MBA degree in Finance and Banking from Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) in July 2008, as well as (iii) a BS degree in Physics and Mathematics from The University of Rijeka in Nov 2003. My research career started in Feb 2004 at Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), the largest Croatian national research institution. Over time, I contributed to multiple international scientific projects, including large Pan-European collaborations within the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. I actively support the creation of Free Content (e.g. Open Access, Open-source Software, etc.) and other projects improving human liberties.

Expectations for WRHI

By conducting research at WRHI, I expect to:
• generate more research impact,
• attain higher research quality,
• address more relevant scientific questions,
• respond to societal needs with research, and
• increase visibility of research.

Research Projects

  • Incentivizing the evolution of cooperation across continents and cultures

    The need for cooperation in ancestral environments was local, within communities, villages, or
    towns. This need has been superseded by the nationwide need for cooperation in not-so-distant history. Nowadays, however, modern socioeconomic trends, e.g., free trade, free movement of labor, and emerging information technologies, demand cooperation on the largest of scales—the global scale. It is unclear whether evolution has primed mankind for such large-scale cooperativeness. Our focus is on the conflict between selfishness and altruism, and how this to people's geographic or cultural origin.
    Period: until March, 2023 (planned)
    Members: Petter Holme (Tokyo Tech), Zhen Wang (China), and numerous domestic and foreign research collaborators.

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Assistant Professor (specially appointed), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyushu University


Nina Marn, Marko Jusup, S.A.L.M. Kooijman, and Tin Klanjšček(2020) Quantifying impacts of plastic debris on marine wildlife identifies ecological breakpoints. Ecology Letters, 23: 1479–1487.


Zhen Wang, Marko Jusup, Hao Guo, Lei Shi, Sunčana Geček, Madhur Anand, Matjaž Perc, Chris T. Bauch, Jürgen Kurths, Stefano Boccaletti, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber(2020) Communicating sentiment and outlook reverses inaction against collective risks. PNAS July 28, 2020 117 (30) 17650-17655.


Boris Podobnik, Dean Korosak, Masa Skelin Klemen, Andraz Stozer, Jurij Dolensek, Marjan Slak Rupnik, Plamen Ch. Ivanov, Petter Holme, and Marko Jusup(2020) β Cells Operate Collectively to Help Maintain Glucose Homeostasis. Biophysical Journal 118, 2588–2595, May 19, 2020.


Lei Shi, Ivan Romić, Yongjuan Ma, Zhen Wang, Boris Podobnik, H. Eugene Stanley, Petter Holme and Marko Jusup, (2020) Freedom of choice adds value to public goods. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 117, 17516-17521.


 Ijima H, Jusup M, Takada T, Akita T, Matsuda H, Klanjscek T (2019) Effects of environmental change and early-life stochasticity on Pacific bluefin tuna population growth. Mar Environ Res 149: 18-26. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.05.003 [Equal contribution]


Kuga K, Tanimoto J, Jusup M (2019) To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: A comprehensive study of vaccination-subsidizing policies with multi-agent simulations and mean-field modeling. J Theor Biol 469: 107-126. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2019.02.013


Beekman M, Thompson M, Jusup M (2019) Thermodynamic constraints and the evolution of parental provisioning in vertebrates. Behav Ecol 30: 583-591. doi:10.1093/beheco/arz025


Wang Z, Jusup M, Shi L, Lee J-H, Iwasa Y, Boccaletti S (2018) Exploiting a cognitive bias promotes cooperation in social dilemma experiments. Nat Commun 9: 2954. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05259-5 [Equal contribution; Corresponding author]


Marn N, Jusup M, Catteau S, Kooijman SALM, Klanjscek T (2018) Comparative physiological energetics of Mediterranean and North Atlantic loggerhead turtles. J Sea Res 143: 100-118. doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2018.06.010