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Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
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

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

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  • Lens of Time produced a new bioGraphic story about the biomechanics and engineering synthesis of trap-jaw ant strikes.  This is a product of a collaboration between the Patek Lab and engineer Prof. Zeynep Temel from Carnegie Mellon University and the Wood Lab at ... Read More
  • 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!