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Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Field work in French Polynesia
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Off to sea, 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

News

  • Jason Dinh, Duke undergrad and soon-to-be Ph.D. student in the Patek Lab, received the Rast Award for Comparative Organismal Biology.  Congratulations, Jason! Each year, only one student out of all of the Duke Biology undergrads receives this recognition for excellence in coursework or... Read More
  • Former Patek Lab manager Rachel Crane (now grad student at Stanford), former grad student Suzanne Cox (now postdoc at Penn State), former Duke undergrad Samantha Kisare (soon-to-be med student at UPenn) and Sheila Patek published a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about mantis... Read More
  • Science News has published an engaging overview of animal contests, including a feature about Green and Patek's recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 
  • Patek and MURI team members have published a paper in the journal Science.  Duke wrote a release in Duke Today, describing some of the findings of the study.  Wired Magazine wrote an engaging popular piece about the paper.  Ilton, M., Bhamla, M.S., Ma, X., Cox, S.M., Fitchett,... Read More