Marine Research Student Colloquium

October 26, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Sheila N. Patek, Associate Professor
Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University


Many mantis shrimp end their raptorial strikes with nanosecond-scale, imploding cavitation bubbles that emit heat equivalent to the surface of the sun. However, in order to get to that energetic feat, they begin their raptorial strike with a slow and forceful muscle contraction that lasts hundreds of milliseconds.  Each stage of energy transformation – from muscle contraction to implosion – span durations equivalent to the order of magnitude difference between one year and one second.  The extraordinary cascade of energy flow and control in mantis shrimp strikes has accompanied their evolutionary diversification to capture fish and crush snails, as well as their ritualized behaviors to ensure non-lethal fights.  The biomechanical, behavioral, and evolutionary insights from these strikes have stimulated a vibrant interdisciplinary field of materials and robotics, as well as considerable interest from the public because of the dynamism of these animals.  This talk will address the intersection of biological discovery with interdisciplinary and accessible research and foster general discussion about the impacts and adventures of discovery science.

Colloquium Keynote Speakers to date

The Marine Research Student Colloquium of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology (GPMB) was established in 1998, to increase awareness of research activities by students and faculty affiliated with GPMB; to provide graduate students with experience in making scientific presentations; and to promote interactions among faculty and students conducting research in marine biology.

The following distinguished researchers joined us as keynote speakers in previous years:

2018       Dr. Sandra Brooke, Florida State University

2017       Dr. Billie Swalla, University of Washington

2016       Dr. David Hastings, Eckerd College

2015       Dr. Daniel Huber, University of Tampa

2014       Dr. Dean Grubbs, Florida State University & Coastal Marine Laboratory

2013       Dr. Felicia Coleman, Florida State University & Coastal Marine Laboratory

2012       Dr. Thomas Near, Yale University

2011       Dr. John Bruno, University of North Carolina

2010       Dr. Win Watson, University of New Hampshire

2009       Dr. Erik Sotka, CofC & Dr. Geoff Scott, Hollings Marine Laboratory

2009       Dr. Steve Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station & Stanford University

2008       Dr. James T. Carlton, Williams College & Williams-Mystic Program

2007       Dr. Peter Wainwright, University of California, Davis

2006       Dr. Jeffrey Levinton, State University of New York at Stony Brook

2005       Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School

2004       Dr. Malcolm Shick, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

2003       Dr. Walter Boynton, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Univ. of Maryland

2002       Dr. Larry Crowder, Duke Marine Laboratory, Duke University

2001       Dr. Lauren Mullineaux, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

2000       Dr. John Pearse, Institute of Marine Science, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

1999       Dr. Ken Tenore, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland

Additional Resources

  • Guidelines for talks and posters for presenters