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)

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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

Last updated 1-25-18


Joseph Sisneros is a Professor and the Associate Chair of 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:

Mohr RA, Chang Y, Bhandiwad AA, Forlano PM, and JA Sisneros. In Press. Brain activation patterns in response to conspecific and heterospecific social acoustic signals in female plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatus. Brain, Behavior and Evolution.

Bhandiwad AA, Raible DW, Rubel EW, and JA Sisneros. In Press. Noise-induced hypersensitization of the acoustic startle response in larval zebrafish. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Bose A, Cogliati KM, Luymes N, Bass AH, Marchaterre MA, Sisneros JA, Bolker B, and S Balshine. In Press. Phenotypic traits and resource quality as factors affecting male reproductive success in a toadfish. Behavioral Ecology

Mohr RA, Whitchurch EA, Anderson RD, Forlano PM, Fay RR, Ketten DR, Cox TC, and JA Sisneros. 2017. Intra- and Intersexual swim bladder dimorphisms in the plainfin midshipman (Poricthyths notatus): implications of swim bladder proximity to the inner ear for sound pressure detection. Journal of Morphology 278: 1458-1468.

Forlano PM, Licorish RR, Ghahramani ZN, Timothy M, Ferrari M, Palmer WC and JA Sisneros. 2017. Attention and motivated response to simulated male advertisment call activates female forebrain dopaminergic and social decision-making network nuclei in female midshipman fish. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57:820-834.

Bhandiwad AA, Whitchurch EA, Colleye O, Zeddies DG, and JA Sisneros. 2017. Seasonal plasticity of auditory saccular sensitivity in "sneaker" type II male plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatus. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 203:211-222.