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

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


  •  Michael Rosario and Sheila Patek have published a new paper in the Journal of Morphology, entitled "Multilevel analysis of elastic morphology: the mantis shrimp's spring".  This study examines the approches to analyzing elastic mechanisms based on morphological variation within and... Read More
  • Patek lab graduate student, Michael Rosario, has been awarded a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to work with Prof. Tom Roberts at Brown University.  Congratulations, Michael!
  • Former Patek Lab undegraduate, Lauren Shipp, received her PhD at Scripps Institute of Oceanography this semester.  Her dissertation research focused on sea urchin gut development and she's moving on to a postdoc at the Salk Institute.  Former Patek Lab lab manager Erica Staaterman... Read More
  • A postdoctoral position is available in the Patek laboratory at Duke University to examine the evolution and biomechanics of fast movement.  We are looking for a candidate with experience in biomechanical/physics-based analyses of movement or phylogenetic comparative analyses and... Read More