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

News

  • 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
  • Dr. Sarah Longo led a large team paper about latch-mediated spring actuation (LaMSA) that sets the stage for a new generation of research on small, fast systems.  Longo, S. J., S. M. Cox, E. Azizi, M. Ilton, J. P. Olberding, R. St. Pierre, S. N. Patek.  2019.  Beyond power... Read More
  • 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