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Brooke Vetter
Assistant Professor
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Department of Biology

St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 USA


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Brooke graduated from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology. She worked for three years as an analytical chemist at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN before starting graduate school at the University of Minnesota. Brooke worked with Dr. Allen Mensinger on the Duluth, MN campus studying the behavior and bioacoustics of invasive fish species, particularly silver and bighead carp, and received her PhD in 2016. Following her PhD work, Brooke was hired as a postdoctoral research contractor with the USGS and continued to study the sensory physiology of silver and bighead carp. In February 2017, she received an NIH Auditory Neuroscience Training Grant from UW and joined the Sisneros lab in June 2017. Brooke was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at UW from 2017-2020. Brooke joined the faculty at the University of St. Thomas as an Assistant Professor in the Autumn of 2020.

Brooke is interested in studying the behavioral and neural mechanisms of audition. Particularly, she has been investigating the neural circuitry involved in vocal-acoustic behavior in reproductive and non-reproductive plainfin midshipman fish. In addition, she has also been studying midshipman hearing by recording evoked potentials from the inner ear.


Vetter BJ and JA Sisneros. 2020. Swim bladder enhances lagenar sensitivity to sound pressure and higher frequencies in female plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus). Journal of Experimental Biology 223: jeb225177.

Vetter BJ. 2019. Role of the Lagena in fish hearing and its susceptibility to anthropogenic noise. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 37:010001.

Colleye O, Vetter BJ, Mohr RA, Seeley LH, and JA Sisneros. 2019. Sexually dimorphic swim bladder extensions enhance the auditory sensitivity of female plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatusJournal of Experimental Biology 222: jeb204552.

Vetter BJ, Seeley LH, and JA Sisneros. 2019.  Lagenar potentials of the vocal plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatusJournal of Comparative Physiology A. 205:163-175.

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