Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Spiny lobster molt skin
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina

The primary goal of research in the Patek laboratory is to examine the dynamic interplay between evolutionary processes and physics. We address this issue in two broad systems - evolutionary physiology of communication in the sea and the evolutionary dynamics of fast animal movements - with most projects focusing on arthropods. Our tools range from high speed videography and acoustics to phylogenetics and physiology. Click Here To Read More


  • Patek and Biewener have published an upper-level undergraduate and graduate level book about Animal Locomotion.  The book can be ordered from Oxford University Press, Amazon, or as an ebook.  Provides complete, integrated coverage of nearly all modes of animal... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student, Patrick Green, is awarded the Dean's Mentorship Award for 2018.  Congratulations, Patrick!
  • Former Patek Lab graduate student, Dr. Michael Rosario, accepts a tenure-track position at West Chester University.  Congratulations, Michael!
  • Patek and Longo have published a dispatch in Current Biology about an exciting new analysis of the extreme kinematics and evolution of snapping shrimp.  Patek, S.N., and Longo, S.J. (2018). Evolutionary biomechanics: the pathway to power in snapping shrimp. Current Biology 28, R115-R117.