Returning to the boat after a day of work
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Scientific diving on the sand flats in French Polynesia
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Off to work, Lizard Island, Australia
Spiny lobster molt skin
Dr. Claverie Gives Outreach Lecture
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama
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


  • The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant led by Prof. Patek was awarded an extension grant.  This basic research grant funds the five-university team, including the Bergbreiter lab at CMU, Azizi Lab at UC Irvine, Crosby Lab at UMass Amherst, and Wood Lab at Harvard, to... Read More
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biomechanics This position is closed. The Patek Lab at Duke University seeks the unifying principles that guide, limit and promote the evolutionary diversity of biomechanical systems. Our research yields discoveries of new biological phenomena, original... Read More
  • Prof. Patek was selected as a Bass Fellow and awarded the Mrs. Alexander Heymeyer Professorship.   The Bass Fellows program recognizes Duke faculty members who achieve "true excellence in both research and teaching, and are good university citizens". Duke's Office of Undergraduate Education... Read More
  • POSTDOCTORAL JOB OPENING: Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Biomechanics This position has been filled. The Patek Lab at Duke University leads a five-university interdisciplinary research team devoted to establishing the principles of extremely fast movement in small... Read More