Joseph Sisneros, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
Seattle, WA 98195


Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) - Animal Bioacoustics

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Joe collecting midshipman from a nest.

Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
306 Guthrie Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-1525

Office phone: 206-543-8893
Lab phone: 206-543-5313, fax: 206-685-3157


       Joseph Sisneros is a Professor in the Department of Psychology (Animal Behavior) and an adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. He is also an affiliate faculty of the UW Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center and the UW Graduate program in Neuroscience. He received his BS in Marine Biology (1988) and MS in Biology (1993) from California State University Long Beach where he was advised by Dr. Donald Nelson (shark behaviorist, 1937-1997). Joe received a PhD (1999) in Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology where he investigated the neural basis of electroreception in elasmobranch fishes. He was mentored by Dr. Timothy Tricas (animal behaviorist and neuroethologist, now at the University of Hawaii at Manoa).
        Following his PhD, Joe received post-doctoral training in the lab of Dr. Andrew Bass (neuroanatomist and neuroethologist) at Cornell University from 1999-2004 in the Dept of Neurobiology and Behavior where he investigated seasonal and steroid-dependent changes in the auditory system of fishes. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Joe was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2010 and then to full Professor in 2016. He was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2016. In addition, Joe is currently an Associate editor (Animal Bioacoustics) for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) and Series Editor for the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research (SHAR). He is also co-organizer for the recent international conferences on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life.

Recent Publications:

Popper AN, Hawkins AD, and JA SisnerosIn Press. Fish hearing "specialization" - a re-evaluation. Hearing Research.

Perelmuter JT, Hom KN, Mohr RA, Demis L, Kim S, Chernenko A, Timothy M, Middleton MA, Sisneros JA, and PM Forlano. 2021. Testosterone treatment mimics seasonal downregulation of dopamine innervation in the auditory system of female midshipman fish. Integrative and Comparative Biology 61:269-282.

Zeng R, Brown AD, Rogers LS, Lawrence OT, Clark JI, and JA Sisneros. 2021. Age-related loss of auditory sensitivity in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). Hearing Research 403:108189.