Joseph Sisneros, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Departments of Psychology & Biology
Seattle, WA 98195


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

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Joe with son Noah on San Juan Island next to a sixgill shark (2013)

Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
337 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 and the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Psychology 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 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 in the Dept of Neurobiology and Behavior from 1999-2004. 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 and is currently an Associate editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA). Joe is also co-organizer for the recent international conferences on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life.

Recent Publications:

Brown, AD, Zeng R, and JA SisnerosIn Press.  Auditory evoked potentials of the plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus): Implications for directional hearing. Journal of Experimental Biology.

Popper AN, Hawkins AD, Sand O, and JA SisnerosIn Press. Thoughts on determining the hearing capabilities of fishes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Carlson BA, Sisneros JA, Popper AN, and RR Fay RR. In Press. Electroreception: Fundamental Insights from Comparative Approaches. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Vol. 70, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.

Carlson BA and JA SisnerosIn Press. A brief history of electrogenesis and electroreception in fishes. In: Carlson BA, Sisneros JA, Popper AN, and RR Fay (Eds) Electroreception: Fundamental Insights from Comparative Approaches. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Vol. 70, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.

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. 

Perelmuter JT, Wilson AB, Sisneros JA, and PM Forlano. 2019. Forebrain dopamine system regulates inner ear auditory sensitivity to socially relevant acoustic signals. Current Biology 29:2190–2198.

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

Seeley LH, Forlano PM, Seeley LH, and JA Sisneros. 2019. Teaching acoustics in an interdisciplinary context with "singing" fish". European Journal of Physics 40:025801 (11pp).

Sisneros Laboratory
408 Guthrie Hall
Department of Psychology
University of Washington

Contact Info:
Joseph Sisneros,
Office phone: 206-543-8893, 
Lab phone: 206-543-5313

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