Sheila N Patek

Associate Professor in the Department of Biology

014 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 613-8306


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2001

Irschick, DJ, Albertson, RC, Brennan, P, Podos, J, Johnson, NA, Patek, S, and Dumont, E. "Evo-devo beyond morphology: from genes to resource use." Trends in ecology & evolution 28, no. 5 (May 2013): 267-273. Full Text

Patek, SN, Rosario, MV, and Taylor, JRA. "Comparative spring mechanics in mantis shrimp." J Exp Biol 216, no. Pt 7 (April 1, 2013): 1317-1329. Full Text

deVries, MS, Murphy, EAK, and Patek, SN. "Strike mechanics of an ambush predator: the spearing mantis shrimp." J Exp Biol 215, no. Pt 24 (December 15, 2012): 4374-4384. Full Text

DeVries, MS, Murphy, EAK, and Patek, SN. "Research article: Strike mechanics of an ambush predator: the spearing mantis shrimp." Journal of Experimental Biology 215, no. 24 (December 1, 2012): 4374-4384. Full Text

McHenry, MJ, Claverie, T, Rosario, MV, and Patek, SN. "Gearing for speed slows the predatory strike of a mantis shrimp." J Exp Biol 215, no. Pt 7 (April 1, 2012): 1231-1245. Full Text

Patek, SN, deVries, MS, and Murphy, EAK. "Sit-and-wait predation: behavior and biomechanics of the "spearing" mantis shrimp." The Journal of experimental biology 215, no. 24 (2012): 4374-4384.

Staaterman, ER, Clark, CW, Gallagher, AJ, Claverie, T, de Vries, MS, and Patek, SN. "Acoustic ecology of the California mantis shrimp (Hemisquilla californiensis)." Adv Exp Med Biol 730 (2012): 165-168. Full Text

Stillman, JH, Denny, M, Padilla, DK, Wake, MH, Patek, S, and Tsukimura, B. "Grand opportunities: strategies for addressing grand challenges in organismal animal biology." Integrative and comparative biology 51, no. 1 (July 2011): 7-13. Full Text

Patek, SN, Dudek, DM, and Rosario, MV. "From bouncy legs to poisoned arrows: elastic movements in invertebrates." J Exp Biol 214, no. Pt 12 (June 15, 2011): 1973-1980. Full Text

Claverie, T, Chan, E, and Patek, SN. "Modularity and scaling in fast movements: power amplification in mantis shrimp." Evolution 65, no. 2 (February 2011): 443-461. Full Text


Van Trump, WJ, Patek, SN, and Koehl, MAR. "The California spiny lobsters runny nose." December 2005.

Jacinto, RD, Nagle, L, Patek, SN, and Summers, AP. "Keeping an open mind: Investigating poacher skeletal morphology." December 2005.

Patek, SN, and Caldwell, RL. "Snail smashing forces of the peacock mantis shrimp." December 2004.

Patek, SN, Korff, W, and Caldwell, R. "Springy saddles: A new model of energy storage in the mantis shrimps strike." December 2003.