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Field work in French Polynesia
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Spiny lobster molt skin
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station

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

  • Science News has published an engaging overview of animal contests, including a feature about Green and Patek's recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 
  • Patek and MURI team members have published a paper in the journal Science.  Duke wrote a release in Duke Today, describing some of the findings of the study.  Wired Magazine wrote an engaging popular piece about the paper.  Ilton, M., Bhamla, M.S., Ma, X., Cox, S.M., Fitchett,... 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!