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

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


  • The Patek Lab (thepateklab.org) is looking for an undergraduate work-study student to assist for at least 5 hours/week with regular aquarium maintenance, animal care, and ongoing research over the summer. The student must be eligible for work-study and is expected to work for at least 3 hours... Read More
  • The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is hosting a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers position during the summer of 2015.  The teacher will be directly involved in research examining the evolution and biomechanics of the ultrafast mantis shrimp feeding strike.... 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