Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Spiny lobster molt skin
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia

The primary goal of the research in 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


  • Prof. Patek and undergraduate Qian Wang have launched a new program at Duke called CUBR: Connecting Undergraduates to Biology Research.  Check it out!  
  • Patek lab Postdoc Phil Anderson led a new paper about the mechanical evolution of linked systems in mantis shrimp.  Published online at the journal Evolution, this paper paves the way for examining how linked biomechanical systems co-evolve. Title: Levers and linkages: mechanical trade-offs... Read More
  • The Field Museum in Chicago launched a new exhibit called "The Machine Inside".  It examines the diverse mechanical systems in biology.  The exhibit will travel to museums around the U.S., so keep an eye open at your local science museum! Photo Credit: © The Field Museum/Karen... Read More
  • This position has been filled. The Patek Lab is looking for an undergraduate work-study student to assist for at least 5 hours/week with regular aquarium maintenance, animal care and basic research assistance over the summer.  The student must be eligible for work-study and is expected... Read More