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Scientific diving on the forereef in French Polynesia
Spiny lobster molt skin
Off to sea, French Polynesia
Coconut Beach - Lizard Island, Australia
Deploying a passive acoustics device for mantis shrimp sound study
Rachel Crane works at Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Sourc
Searching for mantis shrimp in North Carolina
Returning to the boat after a day of work
Mantis shrimp habitat in Panama

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

  • Dr. Sarah Longo was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Award across all of Duke University - and was the first postdoc to receive this award from the Biology department in eight years. Duke published a writeup about the award which can be viewed here.    Dr. Longo is pictured with lab... Read More
  • We published a new paper in eLife that examines the intersection of physics and evolution, specifically in terms of the tempo and mode of evolution.  Muñoz, M. M., Yinan Hu, P. S. L. Anderson, S. N. Patek. 2018. Strong biomechanical relationships guide the tempo and mode of morphological... Read More
  • Jason Dinh, Duke undergrad and soon-to-be Ph.D. student in the Patek Lab, received the Rast Award for Comparative Organismal Biology.  Congratulations, Jason! Each year, only one student out of all of the Duke Biology undergrads receives this recognition for excellence in coursework or... Read More
  • Former Patek Lab manager Rachel Crane (now grad student at Stanford), former grad student Suzanne Cox (now postdoc at Penn State), former Duke undergrad Samantha Kisare (soon-to-be med student at UPenn) and Sheila Patek published a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about mantis... Read More