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


  • Graduating? Need a job before continuing to grad school in biology/engineering research? The Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University has an open position for a full-time lab manager/research associate position, starting early summer 2019. This position is approximately 50% aquarium... Read More
  • The Patek Lab has published a Morphobank database of over 4000 photographs of mantis shrimp appendages and telsons from 89 taxa and 411 specimens.  The database is entitled "Comparative morphology of telsons and raptorial appendages in mantis shrimp".   This makes a large part of our... Read More
  • Dr. Sarah Longo was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Award across all of Duke University - and was the first postdoc to receive this award from the Biology department in eight years. Duke published a writeup about the award which can be viewed here.    Dr. Longo is pictured with lab... Read More
  • We published a new paper in eLife that examines the intersection of physics and evolution, specifically in terms of the tempo and mode of evolution.  Muñoz, M. M., Yinan Hu, P. S. L. Anderson, S. N. Patek. 2018. Strong biomechanical relationships guide the tempo and mode of morphological... Read More