Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Field work in French Polynesia
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Spiny lobster molt skin
Team Diver at Moorea Gump Research Station
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


  • Join an interdisciplinary team examining the evolution and scaling of muscle and elastic systems. Based at the Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University, and collaborating closely with the Physics of Soft Matter Lab in the Physics Department at Harvey Mudd College, the broad goal of... Read More
  • The Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University is searching for a full-time lab manager, starting late spring or early summer 2021. This is a supportive technical and administrative role for the Patek Lab’s research program in the areas of comparative biomechanics, evolution, and marine... Read More
  • Dr. Elizabeth Clark joined the Patek Lab from Yale University, where she finished her Ph.D. in 2018 on the evolution of movement and locomotion in echinoderms and completed a postdoc where she reconstructed 3D morphology and function in key fossil plant taxa to illuminate major evolutionary... Read More
  • Graduate student Jason Dinh, undergraduate Joshua Azza, and Patek published a new paper in the journal Animal Behaviour. Dinh, J., J. Azza, S. N. Patek. 2020.  Switching assessment strategies and winner effects facilitate fast and frugal decisions in territorial contests. Animal Behaviour 170... Read More