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

Podos, J, and Patek, SN. "Acoustic Signal Evolution: Biomechanics, Size, and Performance." In Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach, 175-203. January 20, 2015. Full Text

Patek, SN, Green, PA, and Rosario, MV. "Internal Morphology." In Treatise on Zoology - Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology: The Crustacea,edited by JC von Vauple Klein, M Charmantier-Daures, and F Schram, 202-216. Boston: Brill, 2013. (Essay)

Patek, SN, and Taylor, JRA. "Crustacean seismic communication: heard but not present?." In The Use of Vibrations in Communication: properties, mechanisms and function across taxa,edited by CEO O'Connell-Rodwell, 9-23. 2010. (Essay)

Patek, SN, Feldmann, RM, Porter, M, Tshudy, D, Patek, SN, Feldmann, RM, Porter, M, and Tshudy, D. "Phylogeny and EvolutionPhylogeny and Evolution (PublishedPublished)." In Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries, 113-145. November 16, 2007. Full Text

Patek, SN, and Longo, SJ. "Evolutionary Biomechanics: The Pathway to Power in Snapping Shrimp." Current biology : CB 28, no. 3 (February 2018): R115-R117. Full Text

Green, PA, and Patek, SN. "Mutual assessment during ritualized fighting in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda)." Proceedings. Biological sciences 285, no. 1871 (January 2018). Full Text

Liu, F, Chavez, RL, Patek, SN, Pringle, A, Feng, JJ, and Chen, C-H. "Asymmetric drop coalescence launches fungal ballistospores with directionality." Journal of the Royal Society, Interface 14, no. 132 (July 2017). Full Text

Patek, SN, and Summers, AP. "Invertebrate biomechanics." Current biology : CB 27, no. 10 (May 2017): R371-R375. Full Text

Muñoz, MM, Anderson, PSL, and Patek, SN. "Mechanical sensitivity and the dynamics of evolutionary rate shifts in biomechanical systems." Proceedings. Biological sciences 284, no. 1847 (January 2017). Full Text

McHenry, MJ, Anderson, PSL, Van Wassenbergh, S, Matthews, DG, Summers, AP, and Patek, SN. "The comparative hydrodynamics of rapid rotation by predatory appendages." The Journal of experimental biology 219, no. Pt 21 (November 2016): 3399-3411. Full Text

Rosario, MV, Sutton, GP, Patek, SN, and Sawicki, GS. "Muscle-spring dynamics in time-limited, elastic movements." Proceedings. Biological sciences 283, no. 1838 (September 2016). Full Text

Anderson, PSL, Smith, DC, and Patek, SN. "Competing influences on morphological modularity in biomechanical systems: a case study in mantis shrimp." Evolution & development 18, no. 3 (May 2016): 171-181. Full Text

Kagaya, K, and Patek, SN. "Feed-forward motor control of ultrafast, ballistic movements." The Journal of experimental biology 219, no. Pt 3 (February 2016): 319-333. Full Text

Rosario, MV, and Patek, SN. "Multilevel analysis of elastic morphology: The mantis shrimp's spring." Journal of morphology 276, no. 9 (September 2015): 1123-1135. Full Text


Patek, SN. "Engineering Animals: How Life Works." Quarterly Review of Biology 88, no. 1: 49-50. (Review)

Selected Grants

CAREER: The Evolutionary Mechanics of Rapid Movement awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2019

Evolutionary Mechanics of Impulsive Biological Systems: Guiding Scalable Synthetic Design awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

MURI: Evolutionary Mechanics of Impulsive Biological Systems: Guiding Scalable Synthetic Design awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2016