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

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

Green, PA, and Patek, SN. "Contests with deadly weapons: telson sparring in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda)." Biology Letters 11, no. 9 (September 2015): 20150558-null. Full Text

Patek, SN. "The most powerful movements in biology." American Scientist 103, no. 5 (September 1, 2015): 330-337. 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

Anderson, PSL, and Patek, SN. "Mechanical sensitivity reveals evolutionary dynamics of mechanical systems." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282, no. 1804 (April 2015): 20143088-null. Full Text

Patek, SN. "The Most Powerful Movements in Biology." AMERICAN SCIENTIST 103, no. 5 (2015): 28-35.

Patek, SN. "Materials science. Biomimetics and evolution." Science (New York, N.Y.) 345, no. 6203 (September 2014): 1448-1449. Full Text

Anderson, PSL, Claverie, T, and Patek, SN. "Levers and linkages: mechanical trade-offs in a power-amplified system." Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 68, no. 7 (July 2014): 1919-1933. Full Text

Blanco, MM, and Patek, SN. "Muscle trade-offs in a power-amplified prey capture system." Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 68, no. 5 (May 2014): 1399-1414. Full Text


Patek, SN, Sutton, GP, Kuo, CY, Temel, FZ, and Wood, RJ. "Elastic energy delivery and power amplification of trap-jaw ant strikes." Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA. January 3, 2018 - January 7, 2018.: OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, March 1, 2018.

Crane, RL, Kisare, SA, and Patek, SN. "Strategic strikes: how mantis shrimp crack open different prey." March 2017.

Patek, SN, Azizi, M, Bhamla, MS, Ilton, M, Kim, Y, Koh, J, Kuo, J, Ma, X, Prakash, M, Sutton, GP, and Temel, Z. "Extreme power amplification in biological systems." March 2017.

Kuo, CY, Ruta, A, Thompson, C, and Patek, SN. "Extreme asymmetry in the energy transfer rate of trap-jaw ant mandibles." March 2017.