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

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


  • 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!
  • The Perspective, entitled "Biomimetics and Evolution", examines the key connections between evolutionary analysis, biomechanics and biomimetics.   Go to this page to access links to the full text, summary and reprint of the article.
  • We have founded the new Physical Biology of Organisms consortium  with a website and starter funding from Duke University for events throughout this year.  Check out our website for news and initiatives.
  • Prof. Patek and undergraduate Qian Wang have launched a new program at Duke called CUBR: Connecting Undergraduates to Biology Research.  Check it out!