• Our paper on the function of spiny lobster sounds was recently published in the journal Behaviour. The authors include lab manager Erica Staaterman, post-doctoral fellow Dr. Thomas Claverie, and principal investigator Dr. Sheila Patek.The study examines the anti-predator function of the sounds... Read More
  • Our lab's research was recently featured on the Discovery Channel Canada. The show aired on January 18, 2010 as part of their "Freaks of Nature" week on the Daily Planet show. Watch the clip! 
  • Michael Rosario presented a poster entitled "Probing the evolutionary biomechanics of elastic energy storage in mantis shrimp" at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology conference in Seattle, January 2010.  He was awarded with the Best Student Poster award by the Crustacean... Read More
  • A new paper was released by the Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) this week describing elastic energy storage in the mantis shrimp, Gonodactylaceus falcatus.  The authors include former UC Berkeley undergraduate Travis Zack  (now a graduate student in Biophysics at Harvard University... Read More
  • On Wednesday, October 28th, the Patek Lab will open its doors to celebrate our arrival at UMass and the near-completion of our lab!  Please join us in Morrill Science Center South, Room 332, on October 28, 4-5:30 pm.In addition to food and drinks, we will be offering door prizes (including... Read More
  • THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.Administrative/Research AssistantA work-study position is available at the Patek Lab in the Department of Biology.  This position will involve scanning papers to build a pdf library, photocopying, retrieving articles from the library, running errands, and... Read More
  • Michael Rosario, former UC Berkeley  Integrative Biology undergraduate, will be joining the lab in January 2010 as a NEAGEP intern.  He will be exploring his interests in biomechanics and human health while preparing for further graduate-level work.  More information about this... Read More
  • Here is an abstract of the Patek Lab's most recent publication, entitled "Disentangling defense: the function of spiny lobster sounds.":The function of anti-predator signalling is a complex, and often-overlooked, area of animalcommunication. The goal of this study was to examine the behavioural... Read More
  • Laboratory Assistant position in the Patek LabTHIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED - thanks for applying! We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable undergraduate interested in biological or bioengineering research.  In addition to the general lab tasks outlined below, the student would be involved... Read More
  •  Below is the abstract for our most recent article in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of AmericaNumerous animals produce sounds during interactions with potential predators, yet little is known about the acoustics of these sounds, especially in marine environments. California spiny... Read More
  • On September 1, 2009 the Patek Lab moved from the University of California Berkeley to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Lab members and mantis shrimp arrived from across the country to a brand new laboratory and aquarium facility.  This move marks an exciting new beginning for... Read More