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Raquel Vasconcelos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Saint Joseph
Institute of Science and the Environment
Macau, China

Graduated Spring 2011

Raquel Vasconcelos was a Ph.D. student at the University of Lisbon that came to work in the Sisneros lab in 2007-2008. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Ecophysiology  in 2011 and was a Grass Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA during the summer of 2011. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, China.

Raquel's research focused on ontogenetic changes in auditory processing and acoustic communication in the Lusitanian toadfish (Halobatrachus didactylus). Her work involved a combination of field work and laboratory physiology experiments that investigated the neural basis of communication in the soniferous Lusitanian toadfish.


Vasconcelos RO, Alderks PW and JA Sisneros. 2016. The development of structure and sensitivity of the fish inner ear. In: Sisneros JA (Ed) Fish Hearing and Bioacoustics: An anthology in honor of Arthur N. Popper and Richard R. Fay. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Vol. 877, pp. 291-318, Springer Science + Business Media, New York.

Vasconcelos RO, Alderks PW, Ramos A, Fonseca PJ, Amorim MCP, and JA Sisneros. 2015. Vocal differentiation parallels development of auditory saccular sensitivity in a highly soniferous fish. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:2864-2872. (Featured in Inside JEB - Toadfish hearing improves with age)

Vasconcelos RO, Sisneros JA, Amorim MCP, and PJ Fonseca. 2011. Auditory saccular sensitivity of the vocal Lusitanian toadfish: low frequency tuning allows acoustic communication throughout the year. Journal of Comparative Physiology (A) 197:903-913

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