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

The primary goal of research in the Patek laboratory is to examine the dynamic interplay between evolutionary processes and basic 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 lab postdoc Dr. Katsushi Kagaya and Prof. Patek published a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about the control of movements that are so fast that they can't be controlled by real-time neural feedback.  The study focused on the ultrafast smashing strikes of mantis shrimp... Read More
  • The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is hosting a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers position during the summer of 2016.  The teacher will be directly involved in research examining the evolution of the ultrafast mantis shrimp feeding strikes and sensory... Read More
  • The Patek Lab  is recruiting one high school and one undergraduate student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2016. The students will participate in projects examining fast, impulsive movements of animals in the natural environment. The... Read More
  • A new era begins in the Patek Lab!  Michael Rosario passed his defense and completed all of his requirements for his PhD.  He heads to Tom Roberts' lab at Brown University for his NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship.  Congratulations, Dr. Mike! Phl Anderson wrapped up his... Read More