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Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Field work in French Polynesia
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
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

  • Former Patek Lab manager Rachel Crane (now grad student at Stanford), former grad student Suzanne Cox (now postdoc at Penn State), former Duke undergrad Samantha Kisare (soon-to-be med student at UPenn) and Sheila Patek published a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about mantis... Read More
  • 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