Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture

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


  • Graduating? Want to continue to grad school in biology/engineering research? The Patek Lab has an open position for a full-time lab manager/research associate position, starting June 2017. This position is approximately 50% aquarium animal care and administrative support and 50% research in the... Read More
  • Martha Muñoz, a postdoc in the Patek Lab, has been awarded the prestigious Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists. This award recognizes outstanding research by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application... Read More
  • The Patek Lab has been awarded a grant to fund a high school student summer fellowship and undergraduate summer fellowship for the summer of 2017.  Please apply!  Choose "Duke University" as the site of interest. 
  • Led by Patek Lab Postdoc Martha Muñoz, our new paper examines the effects of physics on the rates of evolutionary change and is entitled, "Mechanical sensitivity and the dynamics of evolutionary rate shifts in biomechanical systems". Abstract: The influence of biophysical relationships on rates of... Read More