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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.


Joe is currently co-PI for the UW Auditory Neuroscience Training Grant (ANTG) and co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the UW Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He is also 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). In addition, Joe is a co-organizer for the recent international conferences on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life (AN2013 in Budapest, Hungary; AN2016 in Dublin, Ireland; AN2019 in Den Haag, Netherlands; and AN2022 in Berlin, Germany).

Recent Publications:

Rogers LS, Coffin AB, and JA Sisneros. In Press. Reproductive state modulates utricular auditory senstivitiy in a vocal fish. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Schulte-Fortkamp B, Fiebig A, Sisneros JA, Popper AN, and RR Fay. In Press. Soundscapes: Humans and Their Acoustic Environment. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Vol. 76, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.


Popper AN, Hawkins AD, and JA Sisneros. 2022. Fish hearing "specialization" - a re-evaluation. Hearing Research 425:108393.

Balebail S and JA Sisneros. 2022. Long duration advertisement calls of nesting male plainfin midshipman fish are honest indicators of size and condition. Journal of Experimental Biology 225:jeb243889. 

Popper AN and JA Sisneros. 2022. The sound world of zebrafish: a critical review of hearing assessment. Zebrafish 19: 37-48.

Ghahramani ZN, Perelmuter JT, Varughese J, Kyaw P, Palmer WC, Sisneros JA, and PM Forlano. 2022. Activation of noradrenergic locus coeruleus and social behavior network nuclei varies with duration of male midshipman advertisement calls. Behavioural Brain Research 423:113745. 

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