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

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


  • Congratulations to Suzanne Cox, who successfully defended her dissertation in June.  We are so proud of Dr. Cox and her many achievements during graduate school.  This summer, she will start a postdoc at Penn State University in Jonas Rubenson's lab.  
  • Brooke Sauer (left) is a high school science teacher at the Durham School of the Arts.  She is funded by our National Science Foundation CAREER Award's Research Experience for Teachers program.  Brooke is working on curriculum development through hands-on evolutionary principles modules.... Read More
  • PBS Newshour broadcast a commentary by Patek about the importance of discovery science in the context of congressional budget criticisms of basic research.   For invertebrate biology fans, please note that the "seaslug" shown in the commentary slideshow is actually a sea cucumber (... Read More
  • Jeff LaCosse, a local Jordan High School teacher and a 2015 NSF Research Experience for Teachers fellow in the Patek lab published a paper with Patek lab postdoc Phil Anderson and NCSU engineer Mark Pankow.  This project, funded by Patek's NSF CAREER award, examined the scaling of puncture.... Read More