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Ecology & Evolution Research Centre
University of New South Wales
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  • The Evovled Gamer

    Exploring how our evolutionary history can explain our love of, and response to, video games.

  • Complex signals

    Understanding the role of female choice and environmental constraints in the evolution of complex multi-modal signals.

  • Gene expression

    Understanding how gene regulation can explain shifts in developmental trajectories and phenotypic variation.

  • Understanding fitness

    Examining the the interaction between the different suites of traits associated with fitness.

Current research in the Kasumovic Lab

ecology of phenotypes

We use crickets and spiders to explore the link between the environment, genes, and the multidimensional phenotype. We hope to understand how gene expression moderates fitness.

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evolution of a gamer

Video games are part of our culture. But we know very little about what drives us to play. We explore gender differences in game preferences and effects from an evolutionary perspective.

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help us with our studies

Do you have a few minutes?
We could use your help!
Follow this link to current surveys we have open in the lab.

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Interested in our lab?

What we do -- We are interested in understanding how individuals maximize fitness in a infinitely variable and rapidly fluctuating environment. Our goal is to understand how information gathered during the juvenile period can help individuals navigate their future challenges.

Wanna join? -- We are looking for honours, Ph.D. and Post-docs to join the lab.
Not self funded? There are other possibilities that we can help you with.

Love snowboarding? So do we! -- We love research, but hell with it if it gets in the way of hitting the slopes!
We always make sure to find time to shred when the conditions are right.

Field & Lab work -- We use both laboratory and field approaches in an attempt to integrate our understanding of how selection fluctuates in nature, and how individuals respond both developmentally and behaviourally.

G4m1ng rul35! -- Why is everyone drawn to games? Why is there a gender difference in the games people play? Check out our blog at the evolved gamer for more information. In the meantime, it looks like many games will have to be played to find out.

Lab News

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How fulfilling are video ...

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Check out Maddie talk about her awesome research on peacock spiders!
I’m pretty sure there’s some …

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Shortlisted article in Th...

When the line blurs between ‘online’ and ‘offline’ is it really cause for concern? David …

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Nerd Nite Sept 3rd!

I’ll be heading out to give a talk on Nerd Nite again this at the …

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Video games and morality

I had the opportunity to speak about video games on ABC’s Sunday Nights with some …