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


  • Through a collaboration led by Duke Mechanical Engineering Professor Chuan-Hua Chen's lab, Patek and Prof. Anne Pringle (U. Wisconsin) have published a new paper in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface explaining the energetics, fluid dynamics, and directional control of... Read More
  • Patek and visiting professor Adam Summers (University of Washington) published a primer on invertebrate biomechanics in Current Biology.  Patek, S. N. and A. P. Summers. 2017. Primer: Invertebrate Biomechanics. Current Biology 27(10): R371-R375. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.04.012 Abstract:... Read More
  • Patek Lab undergraduate, Samantha Kisare, received the Rast Award in Comparative Organismal Biology at Duke's 2017 graduation. Samantha worked in the Patek Lab for her entire four years at Duke and her thesis research was recognized with honors distinction.  Samantha is pictured above on... Read More
  • This position has been filled. Graduating? Want to continue to grad school in biology/engineering research? The Patek Lab has an open position for a full-time lab manager/research associate position, starting June 2017. This position is approximately 50% aquarium animal care and administrative... Read More