Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Spiny lobster molt skin
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study

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


  • Former Patek Lab postdoc, Dr. Martha Muñoz, now an assistant professor at Yale University was profiled by The Scientist.
  • Michael Rosario, a former graduate student in the Patek Lab, and now assistant professor at West Chester University, was profiled by the Journal of Experimental Biology.  This in-depth conversation provides important insights into career paths in science. 
  • Patek published a review in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology about the impacts and insights of interdisciplinary research on mantis shrimp raptorial appendages. Patek, S. N. 2019. The power of mantis shrimp strikes: Interdisciplinary impacts of an extreme cascade of energy release.... Read More
  • The Patek Lab published a collaborative paper about legless leaping larvae found in gall midges.  The paper received a considerable amount of press coverage, including from NPR All Things Considered, Science News, and the New York Times.  The Journal of Experimental Biology also published... Read More