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Sheila N Patek

Patek

Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor

The primary goal of research in the Patek laboratory is to examine the dynamic interplay between evolutionary processes and the mechanics of organisms.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor
  • Professor of Biology

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 014 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-8306
  • Email Address: snp2@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2001

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Guggenheim Award. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2015
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2013
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2012
  • Christopher Clavius, S.J. Award . Sigma Xi, St. Joseph’s University. 2009
  • George A Bartholomew Award. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2008
  • Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 2008
  • Brilliant 10 Award. Popular Science Magazine. 2004

Courses Taught

  • BIOLOGY 293: Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 329D: Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIOLOGY 329L: Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIOLOGY 429S: How Organisms Move
  • BIOLOGY 493: Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 791T: Tutorial
  • BIOLOGY 792: Research

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Dinh, JP; Azza, J; Patek, SN, Winner effects and switching assessment strategies facilitate fast and frugal decisions in territorial contests, Animal Behaviour, vol 170 (2020), pp. 189-205 [10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.09.012] [abs].
  • Sutton, GP; Mendoza, E; Azizi, E; Longo, SJ; Olberding, JP; Ilton, M; Patek, SN, 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, vol 60 no. 6 (2020) [10.1093/icb/icz149] [abs].
  • Divi, S; Ma, X; Ilton, M; St Pierre, R; Eslami, B; Patek, SN; Bergbreiter, S, Latch-based control of energy output in spring actuated systems., Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, vol 17 no. 168 (2020) [10.1098/rsif.2020.0070] [abs].
  • Harrison, JS; Porter, ML; Patek, SN, Scaling and development of elastic mechanisms: the tiny strikes of larval mantis shrimp, Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol 60 (2020), pp. E97-E97 [abs].
  • Munoz, MM; Anderson, PSL; Hu, Y; Patek, SN; Camarillo, H, How Predictable and Correlated are Patterns of Form-Function Evolution?, Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol 60 (2020), pp. E168-E168 [abs].

Affiliate Topics in Materials Research