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Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Spiny lobster molt skin

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

News

  • Patek and visiting professor Adam Summers (University of Washington) published a primer on invertebrate biomechanics in Current Biology.  Patek, S. N. and A. P. Summers. 2017. Primer: Invertebrate Biomechanics. Current Biology 27(10): R371-R375. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.04.012 Abstract:... Read More
  • Patek Lab undergraduate, Samantha Kisare, received the Rast Award in Comparative Organismal Biology at Duke's 2017 graduation. Samantha worked in the Patek Lab for her entire four years at Duke and her thesis research was recognized with honors distinction.  Samantha is pictured above on... Read More
  • This position has been filled. Graduating? Want to continue to grad school in biology/engineering research? The Patek Lab has an open position for a full-time lab manager/research associate position, starting June 2017. This position is approximately 50% aquarium animal care and administrative... Read More
  • Martha Muñoz, a postdoc in the Patek Lab, has been awarded the prestigious Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists. This award recognizes outstanding research by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application... Read More