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Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Field work in French Polynesia
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Spiny lobster molt skin
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Off to sea, French Polynesia

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

  • We published a new paper in eLife that examines the intersection of physics and evolution, specifically in terms of the tempo and mode of evolution.  Muñoz, M. M., Yinan Hu, P. S. L. Anderson, S. N. Patek. 2018. Strong biomechanical relationships guide the tempo and mode of morphological... Read More
  • Jason Dinh, Duke undergrad and soon-to-be Ph.D. student in the Patek Lab, received the Rast Award for Comparative Organismal Biology.  Congratulations, Jason! Each year, only one student out of all of the Duke Biology undergrads receives this recognition for excellence in coursework or... Read More
  • 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.