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

The primary goal of research in the 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


  • Patek Lab graduate student Patrick Green led a new paper published in Biology Letters about fighting in mantis shrimp.   The exciting findings about sparring in these animals were also highlighted in multiple news outlets, including Wired, Science/AAAS, The Atlantic, Live Science and Duke... Read More
  • For the next 3-5 years, Patek will be leading a $6.2 million grant from the Army Research Office on the topic of impulsive systems.  The full team convened for the first time, including collaborators from Harvard (Rob Wood), UMass Amherst (Al Crosby), Stanford (Manu Prakash), UC Irvine (Manny... Read More
  • MUSER (Matching Undergraduates to Science and Engineering Research) was unveiled this semester as an upgrade to last year's biology-focused undergraduate research-matching website.  Duke Chronicle wrote an article about the new program which is funded by Patek's NSF CAREER award.
  • American Scientist published a paper written by Patek about powerful movements in biology, offering a non-technical overview of the principles of extremely fast movement and some of the discoveries arising from the Patek Lab over the past ten years.