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

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


  • Postdoc Phil Anderson and Prof. Patek published a new paper appearing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  This paper probes the interface between physics and evolution by examining the mechanics and evolutionary history of the mantis shrimp's four-bar linkage system.  Mechanical... Read More
  • The Patek Lab is conducting a search for a laboratory manager to assist in all aspects of laboratory experiments and day-to-day operations.  This position is especially well-suited to graduating or recently-graduate college students who wish to expand on their research experience prior to... Read More
  • Post-doctoral Scientist in Integrative Organismal Biology A postdoctoral position is available in the Patek laboratory at Duke University to examine the evolution and biomechanics of fast biological movements across the tree of life.  Our integrative and comparative research program... Read More
  • Patek Lab postdoc, Dr. Katsushi Kagaya, will begin a Hakubi Project fellowship this spring.  This is a prestigious 5-year fellowship that places young researchers in their own labs for independent research.  Congratulations, Dr. Kagaya!