Arthropod acoustic communication is a primary focus at the Patek Lab. Here you can find our acoustically oriented research projects along with sounds and video of spiny lobsters (Palinuridae) and mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda).
Sheila Patek and colleagues are awarded a grant from the Armstrong Fund for Science
Sheila Patek and co-PI's David Schmidt and Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi from the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department were awarded a grant from the Armstrong Fund for Science. The Armstrong Fund for Science aims to fund faculty "with aggressive research visions, who are willing to challenge conventions in their field". The grant will probe the evolutionary history of cavitation use in mantis shrimp and its potential applications in engineering. In addition, graduate student Suzanne Cox's research on physical models of mantis shrimp will be funded through this grant.