Off to sea, French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
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
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Spiny lobster molt skin

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