Sheila N Patek

Associate Professor in the Department of Biology

Office: 
014 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90338
Phone: 
(919) 613-8306
Fax: 
919-660-7293

Lab Site: http://www.thepateklab.org/

Education

  • Ph.D. 2001, Duke University

  • AB 1994, Harvard University

Papers Published

Mechanical sensitivity and the dynamics of evolutionary rate shifts in biomechanical systems., 1, 2017
Muñoz, MM; Anderson, PSL; Patek, SN, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 284 vol. (1847);

Muscle-spring dynamics in time-limited, elastic movements., 9, 2016
Rosario, MV; Sutton, GP; Patek, SN; Sawicki, GS, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 283 vol. (1838);

Competing influences on morphological modularity in biomechanical systems: a case study in mantis shrimp., 5, 2016
Anderson, PSL; Smith, DC; Patek, SN, Evolution and Development. 18 vol. (3); pp. 171-181

Feed-forward motor control of ultrafast, ballistic movements., 2, 2016
Kagaya, K; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. 219 vol. (Pt 3); pp. 319-333

The comparative hydrodynamics of rapid rotation by predatory appendages., 11, 2016
McHenry, MJ; Anderson, PSL; Van Wassenbergh, S; Matthews, DG; Summers, AP; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. 219 vol. (Pt 21); pp. 3399-3411

Multilevel analysis of elastic morphology: The mantis shrimp's spring., 9, 2015
Rosario, MV; Patek, SN, Journal of Morphology. 276 vol. (9); pp. 1123-1135

Contests with deadly weapons: telson sparring in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda)., 9, 2015
Green, PA; Patek, SN, Biology Letters. 11 vol. (9); pp. 20150558

Ultrafast weapons in mantis shrimp: winners of fights strike more frequently, not with greater force, 4, 2015
Green, PA; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 55 pp. E70-E70

Where to strike a snail: smashing strategy of mantis shrimp, 4, 2015
Crane, RL; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 55 pp. E240-E240

Mechanical redundancy, mechanical sensitivity and constraint in the evolution of the mantis shrimp raptorial appendage, 4, 2015
Anderson, PSL; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 55 pp. E6-E6

Mechanical sensitivity reveals evolutionary dynamics of mechanical systems., 4, 2015
Anderson, PSL; Patek, SN, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 282 vol. (1804); pp. 20143088

The most powerful movements in biology, 1, 2015
Patek, SN, American scientist. 103 vol. (5); pp. 330-337

Materials science. Biomimetics and evolution., 9, 2014
Patek, SN, Science. 345 vol. (6203); pp. 1448-1449

Muscle trade-offs in a power-amplified prey capture system., 5, 2014
Blanco, MM; Patek, SN, Evolution. 68 vol. (5); pp. 1399-1414

Does cavitation limit the speed of mantis shrimp?, 0, 2014
Cox, SM; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 54 pp. E44-E44

Motor control of an ultrafast spring-driven movement in smashing mantis shrimp, 0, 2014
Kagaya, K; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 54 pp. E106-E106

Evo-devo beyond morphology: from genes to resource use., 5, 2013
Irschick, DJ; Albertson, RC; Brennan, P; Podos, J; Johnson, NA; Patek, S; Dumont, E, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 28 vol. (5); pp. 267-273

What is fast?, 4, 2013
Patek, SN; Devries, MS; Murphy, EAK, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 53 pp. E163-E163

Shrimp springs: how shape affects strength in energy storage, 4, 2013
Rosario, MV; Dumont, ER; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 53 pp. E184-E184

Comparative spring mechanics in mantis shrimp., 4, 2013
Patek, SN; Rosario, MV; Taylor, JRA, The Journal of experimental biology. 216 vol. (Pt 7); pp. 1317-1329

Modularity and rates of evolutionary change in a power-amplified prey capture system, 11, 2013
Claverie, T; Patek, SN, Evolution. 67 vol. (11); pp. 3191-3207

Gearing for speed slows the predatory strike of a mantis shrimp., 2012
McHenry, MJ; Claverie, T; Rosario, MV; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. (2012) 215 vol. (Pt 7); pp. 1231-1245

Research article: Strike mechanics of an ambush predator: the spearing mantis shrimp, 12, 2012
DeVries, MS; Murphy, EAK; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. 215 vol. (24); pp. 4374-4384

Strike mechanics of an ambush predator: the spearing mantis shrimp., 2012
deVries, MS; Murphy, EAK; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. (2012) 215 vol. (Pt 24); pp. 4374-4384

Sit-and-wait predation: behavior and biomechanics of the "spearing" mantis shrimp, 0, 2012
Patek, SN; deVries, MS; Murphy, EAK, The Journal of experimental biology. 215 vol. (24); pp. 4374-4384

Grand opportunities: strategies for addressing grand challenges in organismal animal biology., 2011
Stillman, JH; Denny, M; Padilla, DK; Wake, MH; Patek, S; Tsukimura, B, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). (2011) 51 vol. (1); pp. 7-13

From bouncy legs to poisoned arrows: elastic movements in invertebrates., 2011
Patek, SN; Dudek, DM; Rosario, MV, The Journal of experimental biology. (2011) 214 vol. (Pt 12); pp. 1973-1980

Comparing elastic energy structures in mantis shrimp using finite element analysis, 3, 2011
Rosario, MV; Patek, SN; Dumont, ER, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 51 pp. E117-E117

Modularity and scaling in fast movements: power amplification in mantis shrimp., 2011
Claverie, T; Chan, E; Patek, SN, Evolution. (2011) 65 vol. (2); pp. 443-461

Rumbling in the benthos: acoustic ecology of the California mantis shrimp Hemisquilla californiensis, 2011
Staaterman, ER; Clark, CW; Gallagher, AJ; deVries, MS; Claverie, T; Patek, SN, Aquatic Biology. (2011) 13 vol. (2); pp. 97-105

Shape, size and performance of a crustacean predatory appendage, 7, 2010
Claverie, T; Chan, EK; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 50 pp. E29-E29

Comparative muscle physiology of the mantis shrimp's raptorial appendage, 7, 2010
Mendoza, BMA; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 50 pp. E116-E116

Probing the evolutionary biomechanics of elastic energy storage in mantis shrimp, 7, 2010
Rosario, MV; Taylor, JRA; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 50 pp. E289-E289

Biological punching bags: impact analysis of a mantis shrimp telson, 7, 2010
Taylor, JRA; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 50 pp. E173-E173

Erratum: Linkage mechanics and power amplification of the mantis shrimp's strike (Journal of Experimental Biology 210 (3677-3688)), 11, 2010
Patek, SN; Nowroozi, BN; Baio, JE; Caldwell, RL; Summers, AP, The Journal of experimental biology. 213 vol. (22); pp. 3941

Ritualized fighting and biological armor: the impact mechanics of the mantis shrimp's telson., 2010
Taylor, JRA; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. (2010) 213 vol. (Pt 20); pp. 3496-3504

Disentangling defense: the function of spiny lobster sounds, 2010
Staaterman, ER; Claverie, T; Patek, SN, Behaviour. (2010) 147 vol. (2); pp. 235-258

The acoustics and acoustic behavior of the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus)., 2009
Patek, SN; Shipp, LE; Staaterman, ER, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (2009) 125 vol. (5); pp. 3434-3443

Muscle mechanics in mantis shrimp, 2, 2009
Blanco, MMA; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 49 pp. E272-E272

Force transmission versus speed amplification in a four bar linkage mechanism: counterintuitive results in the mantis shrimps strike, 2, 2009
Claverie, T; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 49 pp. E33-E33

Antipredator startle signal of the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus), 2, 2009
Staaterman, ER; Claverie, T; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 49 pp. E162-E162

Polymorphic trap-jaws: intra- and interspecific scaling of jaw forces in trap-jaw ants, 2, 2009
Spagna, JC; Patek, SN; Suarez, AV, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 49 pp. E160-E160

Elastic energy storage and the mantis shrimps powerful predatory strike, 2, 2009
Zack, TI; Claverie, T; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 49 pp. E330-E330

Elastic energy storage in the mantis shrimp's fast predatory strike., 2009
Zack, TI; Claverie, T; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. (2009) 212 vol. (Pt 24); pp. 4002-4009

Anti-predator acoustics in the marine environment: sound production in the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus), 0, 2009
Patek, SN; Shipp, LE; Staaterman, E, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 125 vol. (5); pp. 3434-3443

Phylogeny, scaling, and the generation of extreme forces in trap-jaw ants., 7, 2008
Spagna, JC; Vakis, AI; Schmidt, CA; Patek, SN; Zhang, X; Tsutsui, ND; Suarez, AV, The Journal of experimental biology. 211 vol. (Pt 14); pp. 2358-2368

The acoustic mechanics of stick slip friction in the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus)., 10, 2007
Patek, SN; Baio, JE, The Journal of experimental biology. 210 vol. (Pt 20); pp. 3538-3546

Linkage mechanics and power amplification of the mantis shrimp's strike., 10, 2007
Patek, SN; Nowroozi, BN; Baio, JE; Caldwell, RL; Summers, AP, The Journal of experimental biology. 210 vol. (Pt 20); pp. 3677-3688

Multifunctionality and mechanical origins: ballistic jaw propulsion in trap-jaw ants., 8, 2006
Patek, SN; Baio, JE; Fisher, BL; Suarez, AV, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 103 vol. (34); pp. 12787-12792

The stomatopod rumble: Low frequency sound production in Hemisquilla californiensis, 6, 2006
Patek, SN; Caldwell, RL, Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology. 39 vol. (2); pp. 99-111

Acoustic mechanics of stick and slip friction in California spiny lobsters (Panulirus interruptus), 12, 2006
Baio, JE; Serafin, S; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 46 pp. E167-E167

Extreme forces and jaw size variation in trap-jaw ants, 12, 2006
Spagna, JC; Patek, SN; Vakis, AI; Suarez, AV, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 46 pp. E134-E134

Two sides to sound production: behavior and pulse patterns in spiny lobsters, 12, 2006
Shipp, LE; Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 46 pp. E250-E250

The captured launch of a ballistospore., 7, 2005
Pringle, A; Patek, SN; Fischer, M; Stolze, J; Money, NP, Mycologia. 97 vol. (4); pp. 866-871

Springs, linkages and latches: A mechanical model of the mantis shrimps raptorial appendage, 12, 2005
Patek, SN; Bajo, J; Summers, A, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 45 vol. (6); pp. 1055-1055

Keeping an open mind: Investigating poacher skeletal morphology, 12, 2005
Jacinto, RD; Nagle, L; Patek, SN; Summers, AP, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 45 vol. (6); pp. 1019-1019

The California spiny lobsters runny nose, 12, 2005
Van Trump, WJ; Patek, SN; Koehl, MAR, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 45 vol. (6); pp. 1205-1205

Rapid discharge of mushroom spores, 12, 2005
Money, NP; Pringle, A; Patek, SN; Fischer, M; Stolze, J, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 45 vol. (6); pp. 1046-1046

Extreme impact and cavitation forces of a biological hammer: strike forces of the peacock mantis shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus., 10, 2005
Patek, SN; Caldwell, RL, The Journal of experimental biology. 208 vol. (Pt 19); pp. 3655-3664

The evolution of larval morphology and swimming performance in ascidians., 6, 2004
McHenry, MJ; Patek, SN, Evolution. 58 vol. (6); pp. 1209-1224

Deadly strike mechsanism of a mantis shrimp, 4, 2004
Patek, SN; Korff, WL; Caldwell, RL, Nature. 428 vol. (6985); pp. 819-820

Biomechanics: deadly strike mechanism of a mantis shrimp., 4, 2004
Patek, SN; Korff, WL; Caldwell, RL, Nature. 428 vol. (6985); pp. 819-820

Snail smashing forces of the peacock mantis shrimp, 12, 2004
Patek, SN; Caldwell, RL, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 44 vol. (6); pp. 618-618

Comparative tests of evolutionary trade-offs in a palinurid lobster acoustic system., 9, 2003
Patek, SN; Oakley, TH, Evolution. 57 vol. (9); pp. 2082-2100

Springy saddles: A new model of energy storage in the mantis shrimps strike, 12, 2003
Patek, SN; Korff, W; Caldwell, R, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 43 vol. (6); pp. 981-981

Squeaking with a sliding joint: mechanics and motor control of sound production in palinurid lobsters, 8, 2002
Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. 205 vol. (16); pp. 2375-2385

Two sniffing strategies in palinurid lobsters, 12, 2002
Goldman, JA; Patek, SN, The Journal of experimental biology. 205 vol. (24); pp. 3891-3902

More than one way to sniff: a comparative analysis of palinurid lobster antennules., 12, 2002
Patek, SN; Goldman, JA, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 42 vol. (6); pp. 1292-1292

Squeaking with a sliding joint: Mechanics and motor control of sound production in palinurid lobsters, 0, 2002
Patek, SN, Journal of Experimental Biology. 205 vol. (16); pp. 2375-2385

Spiny lobsters stick and slip to make sound., 5, 2001
Patek, SN, Nature. 411 vol. (6834); pp. 153-154

'Stick and slip': A novel mechanism of sound production in spiny lobsters (Palinuridae)., 0, 1999
Patek, SN, Integrative and Comparative Biology. 39 vol. (5); pp. 57A-57A

Sound production during feeding in Hippocampus seahorses (Syngnathidae), 2, 1998
Colson, DJ; Patek, SN; Brainerd, EL; Lewis, SM, Environmental Biology of Fishes. 51 vol. (2); pp. 221-229

Vertebral column morphology, C-start curvature, and the evolution of mechanical defenses in tetraodontiform fishes, 12, 1998
Brainerd, EL; Patek, SN, Copeia. pp. 971-984

Book Chapters:

Acoustic Signal Evolution: Biomechanics, Size, and Performance in Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach, 2014
Podos, J; Patek, SN

Internal Morphology in Treatise on Zoology - Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology: The Crustacea, 0, 2013
Patek, SN; Green, PA; Rosario, MV

Engineering Animals: How Life Works in , 0, 2013
S. Patek

Acoustic ecology of the California mantis shrimp (Hemisquilla californiensis). in The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, 2012
Staaterman, ER; Clark, CW; Gallagher, AJ; Claverie, T; de Vries, MS; Patek, SN

Crustacean seismic communication: heard but not present? in The Use of Vibrations in Communication: properties, mechanisms and function across taxa, 2010
Patek, SN; Taylor, JRA

Phylogeny and EvolutionPhylogeny and Evolution in Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries, 11, 2007
Patek, SN; Feldmann, RM; Porter, M; Tshudy, D; Patek, SN; Feldmann, RM; Porter, M; Tshudy, D

Papers Submitted

Levers and linkages: mechanical trade-offs in a power-amplified system. in Evolution 7, 2014
Anderson, PSL; Claverie, T; Patek, SN

A physical model of the extreme mantis shrimp strike: kinematics and cavitation of Ninjabot. in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 3, 2014
Cox, SM; Schmidt, D; Modarres-Sadeghi, Y; Patek, SN