Sheila N Patek

Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor

Office: 
014 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 613-8306
The primary goal of research in the Patek laboratory is to examine the dynamic interplay between evolutionary processes and the mechanics of organisms.

Education

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2001

Biewener, Andrew, and Sheila Patek. Animal Locomotion. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Podos, J., and S. N. Patek. “Acoustic Signal Evolution: Biomechanics, Size, and Performance.” In Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach, 9780470546000:175–203, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118966624.ch7. Full Text

Patek, S. N., P. A. Green, and M. V. Rosario. “Internal Morphology (null).” In Treatise on Zoology - Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology: The Crustacea, edited by J. C. von Vauple Klein, M. Charmantier-Daures, and F. Schram, 4 Part A:202–16. Boston: Brill, 2013.

Patek, S. N., and J. R. A. Taylor. “Crustacean seismic communication: heard but not present? (null)” In The Use of Vibrations in Communication: Properties, Mechanisms andfunction across Taxa, edited by C. E. O. O’Connell-Rodwell, 9–23, 2010.

Patek, S. N., R. M. Feldmann, M. Porter, and D. Tshudy. “Phylogeny and Evolution.” In Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries, 113–45, 2006. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470995969.ch4. Full Text

Jorge, Justin F., Sarah Bergbreiter, and S. N. Patek. “Pendulum-based measurements reveal impact dynamics at the scale of a trap-jaw ant.The Journal of Experimental Biology 224, no. Pt 5 (March 11, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.232157. Full Text

Longo, S. J., W. Ray, G. M. Farley, J. Harrison, J. Jorge, T. Kaji, A. R. Palmer, and S. N. Patek. “Snaps of a tiny amphipod push the boundary of ultrafast, repeatable movement.Current Biology : Cb 31, no. 3 (February 2021): R116–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.025. Full Text

Sutton, Gregory P., Elizabeth Mendoza, Emanuel Azizi, Sarah J. Longo, Jeffrey P. Olberding, Mark Ilton, and Sheila N. Patek. “Corrigendum to: Why do Large Animals Never Actuate Their Jumps with Latch Mediated Springs? Because They can Jump Higher Without Them.Integrative and Comparative Biology 60, no. 6 (December 2020): 1567. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icz149. Full Text

Divi, Sathvik, Xiaotian Ma, Mark Ilton, Ryan St Pierre, Babak Eslami, S. N. Patek, and Sarah Bergbreiter. “Latch-based control of energy output in spring actuated systems.Journal of the Royal Society, Interface 17, no. 168 (July 22, 2020): 20200070. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2020.0070. Full Text

Sutton, Gregory P., Elizabeth Mendoza, Emanuel Azizi, Sarah J. Longo, Jeffrey P. Olberding, Mark Ilton, and Sheila N. Patek. “Why do Large Animals Never Actuate Their Jumps with Latch-Mediated Springs? Because They can Jump Higher Without Them.Integrative and Comparative Biology 59, no. 6 (December 2019): 1609–18. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icz145. Full Text

Patek, S. N. “The Power of Mantis Shrimp Strikes: Interdisciplinary Impacts of an Extreme Cascade of Energy Release.Integrative and Comparative Biology 59, no. 6 (December 2019): 1573–85. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icz127. Full Text

Ilton, Mark, S. M. Cox, Thijs Egelmeers, Gregory P. Sutton, S. N. Patek, and Alfred J. Crosby. “The effect of size-scale on the kinematics of elastic energy release.Soft Matter 15, no. 46 (November 2019): 9579–86. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9sm00870e. Full Text

Longo, S. J., S. M. Cox, E. Azizi, M. Ilton, J. P. Olberding, R. St Pierre, and S. N. Patek. “Beyond power amplification: latch-mediated spring actuation is an emerging framework for the study of diverse elastic systems.The Journal of Experimental Biology 222, no. Pt 15 (August 9, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.197889. Full Text

Farley, G. M., M. J. Wise, J. S. Harrison, G. P. Sutton, C. Kuo, and S. N. Patek. “Adhesive latching and legless leaping in small, worm-like insect larvae.The Journal of Experimental Biology 222, no. Pt 15 (August 8, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.201129. Full Text

Pages

Harrison, J. S., M. L. Porter, and S. N. Patek. “Scaling and development of elastic mechanisms: the tiny strikes of larval mantis shrimp.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:E97–E97, 2020.

Munoz, M. M., P. S. L. Anderson, Y. Hu, S. N. Patek, and H. Camarillo. “How Predictable and Correlated are Patterns of Form-Function Evolution?” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:E168–E168, 2020.

Patek, S. N. “Plenary Lecture - Impact and discovery: extreme movement in an interdisciplinary and political world.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:E392–E392, 2020.

Dinh, J. P., J. Azza, and S. N. Patek. “Assessing Your Opponent: Snapping Shrimp Use Indirect Cues to Settle Ritualized Contests.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:E58–E58, 2020.

Longo, S. J., S. M. Cox, E. Azizi, M. Ilton, J. P. Olberding, R. St Pierre, and S. N. Patek. “Beyond power amplification: new insights from latch-mediated spring actuation (LaMSA).” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:E144–E144, 2020.

Jorge, J., and S. N. Patek. “Taking a swing at measuring small-scale, high acceleration impacts: a novel two-pendulum approach.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:E114–E114, 2020.

Munoz, M., P. S. L. Anderson, Y. Hu, and S. N. Patek. “Biomechanical Relationships Shape Cranial and Locomotor Evolution in Labrid Fishes.” In Journal of Morphology, 280:S67–S67. WILEY, 2019.

Munoz, M. M., S. N. Patek, and Martha Munoz. “Biomechanics as a Pacemaker for Evolutionary Diversity.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59:E165–E165. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2019.

Farley, G. M., C. N. Bedore, and S. N. Patek. “Rapid hydrostatic tentacle protrusion in cuttlefish.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59:E311–E311. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2019.

Jorge, J. F., J. S. Harrison, P. S. Manos, and S. N. Patek. “Biomechanics of ballistic seed dispersal in the witch hazel (Hamamelis).” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59:E115–E115. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2019.

Pages

Patek, S. N. “Engineering Animals: How Life Works (null).” Quarterly Review of Biology. University of Chicago Press, n.d.

Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Moving with muscles vs. springs: evolutionary biomechanics of extremely fast, small systems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

Evolutionary Mechanics of Impulsive Biological Systems: Guiding Scalable Synthetic Design awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2022

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

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