University of California Museum of Paleontology UCMP in the field See the world (and its fossils) with UCMP's field notes.
About UCMP People Blog Online Exhibits Public programs Education Collections Research
About UCMP : Contact UCMP

Sheila Patek
Curator/Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology

Sheila Patek


Phone: (510) 643-2549

Web page:

Read Sheila's research profile: The breakneck world of ants that bite fast and jump high


Spagna, J.C., A. I. Vakis, C. A. Schmidt, S. N. Patek, X. Zhang, N. D. Tsutsui, and A. V. Suarez. 2008. Phylogeny, scaling, and the generation of extreme forces in trap-jaw ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 2358-2368.   Read it

Patek, S.N. and J.E. Baio. 2007. The acoustic mechanics of stick-slip friction in the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus). Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 3538-3546  Read it

Patek, S.N., B.N. Nowroozi, J.E. Baio, R.L. Caldwell, and A.P. Summers. 2007. Linkage mechanics and power amplification of the mantis shrimp's raptorial strike. Journal of Experimental Biology 210:3677-3688.  Read it

Patek, S.N., and R.L. Caldwell. 2006. The stomatopod rumble: Sound production in Hemisquilla californiensis. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 39:99-111.

Patek, S.N., J.E. Baio, B.L. Fisher, and A.V. Suarez. 2006. Multifunctionality and mechanical origins: ballistic jaw propulsion in trap-jaw ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(34):12787-12792.

Patek, S.N., R.M. Feldmann, M. Porter, and D. Tshudy. 2006. Phylogeny and evolution of lobsters. In B.F. Phillips (ed.), Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries. Blackwell Publishing.

Patek, S.N., and R.L. Caldwell. 2005. Extreme impact and cavitation forces of a biological hammer: Strike forces of the peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). Journal of Experimental Biology 208:3655-3664.