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

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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  • A postdoctoral position in evolutionary analyses of origins, transitions, and diversification rates is available at the Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University.  The broad goal of the Patek Lab’s research is to establish the principles by which biological systems navigate... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student Jacob Harrison led a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, entitled "Scaling and development of elastic mechanisms: the tiny strikes of larval mantis shrimp".  This study establishes millimeter sized larval mantis shrimp as a new system for studying... Read More
  • The Patek Lab bids farewell to Billy Ray, lab manager hero throughout the pandemic, and with a hearty congratulations as he moves on to a Ph.D. program at UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute.  Congratulations and thank you, Billy! We welcome Dr. Zanne Cox as a new research scientist... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student, Justin Jorge, led a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, entitled “Pendulum-based measurements reveal impact dynamics at the scale of a trap-jaw ant”. This study establishes a new technical approach using two tiny pendulums mounted on frictionless... Read More