Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Spiny lobster molt skin
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Field work in French Polynesia
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Scientific diving on the forereef in 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


  • Patek Lab graduate student Jacob Harrison led a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, entitled "Scaling and development of elastic mechanisms: the tiny strikes of larval mantis shrimp".  This study establishes millimeter sized larval mantis shrimp as a new system for studying... Read More
  • The Patek Lab bid farewell to Billy Ray, lab manager hero throughout the pandemic, and with a hearty congratulations as he moves on to a Ph.D. program at UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute.  Congratulations and thank you, Billy! We welcome Dr. Zanne Cox as a new research scientist... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student, Justin Jorge, led a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, entitled “Pendulum-based measurements reveal impact dynamics at the scale of a trap-jaw ant”. This study establishes a new technical approach using two tiny pendulums mounted on frictionless... Read More
  • The Patek Lab and colleagues have published a paper in Current Biology that establishes amphipods as an extraordinary system for their ability to produce one of the fastest, smallest, repeated-use movements yet discovered.  Learn about the "behind the scenes" story of this study here. Read... Read More