Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Spiny lobster molt skin
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc

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


  • KQED Science produced a new Deep Look story and video about the visual and prey capture capabilities of mantis shrimp, along with the relevance to new cancer-detection technologies.  
  • The outcome of a wide-ranging collaboration, Patek Lab members published a featured paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about the comparative hydrodynamics of mantis shrimp strikes.  This study examined the morphological and kinematic tradeoffs of fast and ultrafast motion... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student Michael Rosario (now a postdoc at Brown), led a new paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  This paper examines the dynamics of muscles and springs, specifically contrasting the most effective spring properties during the slow preparation of... 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.