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

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." The Journal of Experimental Biology 214, no. Pt 12 (June 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

Patek, SN, Nowroozi, BN, Baio, JE, Caldwell, RL, and Summers, AP. "Erratum: Linkage mechanics and power amplification of the mantis shrimp's strike (Journal of Experimental Biology 210 (3677-3688))." Journal of Experimental Biology 213, no. 22 (November 1, 2010): 3941-null. Full Text

Taylor, JRA, and Patek, SN. "Ritualized fighting and biological armor: the impact mechanics of the mantis shrimp's telson." J Exp Biol 213, no. Pt 20 (October 15, 2010): 3496-3504. Full Text

Staaterman, ER, Claverie, T, and Patek, SN. "Disentangling defense: The function of spiny lobster sounds." Behaviour 147, no. 2 (January 1, 2010): 235-258. Full Text

Zack, TI, Claverie, T, and Patek, SN. "Elastic energy storage in the mantis shrimp's fast predatory strike." J Exp Biol 212, no. Pt 24 (December 2009): 4002-4009. Full Text

Patek, SN, Shipp, LE, and Staaterman, ER. "The acoustics and acoustic behavior of the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus)." J Acoust Soc Am 125, no. 5 (May 2009): 3434-3443. Full Text

Zack, TI, Claverie, T, and Patek, SN. "Elastic energy storage and the mantis shrimps powerful predatory strike." INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 49 (February 2009): E330-E330.

Spagna, JC, Patek, SN, and Suarez, AV. "Polymorphic trap-jaws: intra- and interspecific scaling of jaw forces in trap-jaw ants." INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 49 (February 2009): E160-E160.


Patek, SN, Korff, W, and Caldwell, R. "Springy saddles: A new model of energy storage in the mantis shrimps strike." Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology. New Orleans, LA. 2004.: SOC INTEGRATIVE COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, December 1, 2003.