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

  • Patek and Longo have published a dispatch in Current Biology about an exciting new analysis of the extreme kinematics and evolution of snapping shrimp.  Patek, S.N., and Longo, S.J. (2018). Evolutionary biomechanics: the pathway to power in snapping shrimp. Current Biology 28, R115-R117.
  • A unique interdisciplinary and international postdoctoral fellowship in biomechanics is available.  The research will examine the biomechanics of fast animal movement in the context of evolutionary analyses and a broader interdisciplinary team effort that aims to understand the principles of... Read More
  • AEOP summer internships - Biomechanics of Ultrafast Movements The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is recruiting one undergraduate and one high school student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2018. The students will... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student Patrick Green led a new study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and featured in Duke Today.  Photo by Roy Caldwell. Green, P.A., and Patek, S.N. (2018). Mutual assessment during ritualized fighting in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda). Proceedings... Read More