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

News

  • After nearly a decade of work with many collaborators, Patek led the release of Muser software. This web-based software application allows universities to efficiently connect students with research projects using a largely automated platform with a fun and intuitive interface.... Read More
  • Patek Lab former graduate student, Patrick Green, led a new paper that is both a featured paper and highlighted as JEB Editors' Choice for the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology.   Green, P. A., M. J. McHenry, and S. N. Patek. 2019. Context-dependent scaling of... Read More
  • Patek Lab research was examined from the lens of superheroes in The Biology of Superheros Podcast.  Check it out!
  • The new Muser website was launched and moved to a university-wide undergraduate research matching program.  Read more here.