Peter received a B.S. in Zoology from Brigham Young University (2005).
As an undergraduate, Peter did research in the lab of Dr. R. Paul Evans
using recombinant DNA techniques to determine to what extent speciation
was occurring between two populations of Yellowstone trout. Since entering
the Sisneros Lab in the Fall of 2006, Peter has been involved in a wide
range of projects including the reproductive biology of plainfin midshipman,
sound source localization in teleost fishes, hearing sensitivity of the
Lusitanian toadfish, as well as his own dissertation research on the ontogeny
of hearing in the midshipman. Peter was awarded a NIH predoctoral Auditory
Neuroscience Training Fellowship from 2007-2010 and he was he primary
instructor for Psych 330: Animal Behavior Lab (2012-2013). He graduated
with a Ph.D. in Psychology (Animal Behavior) in the Spring 2013.
interests are in sensory neurophysiology in the context of natural behaviors.
His current research examines the ontogeny of hearing sensitivity in the
plainfin midshipman using both electrical physiology (recording evoked
saccular potentials) and behavioral techniques (startle-like responses)
to determine the behavioral onset of hearing and hearing sensitivity throughout
development. Peter plans to use neuroanatomical methods to investigate
the potential mechanism(s) responsible for the previously observed ontogenetic
plasticity of saccular afferent senstivity in the plainfin midshipman.
PW and JA Sisneros. In Press. Development of the acoustically evoked
behavioral response in larval plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys
notatus. Public Library of Science One
Zeddies DG, Fay RR, Gray MD,
Alderks PW, Acob A, and JA Sisneros. 2012. Local acoustic particle
motion guides sound source localization behavior in the plainfin midshipman
fish, Porichthys notatus. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:152-160
PW and JA Sisneros. 2011. Ontogeny of auditory saccular sensitivity in
the plainfin midshipman fish (Poricithys notatus). Journal of Comparative
Physiology (A) 197:387-398.
Zeddies DG, Fay RR, Alderks
PW, Shaub KS, and JA Sisneros. 2010. Sound source localization by the
plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatus. Journal of the Acoustical
Society of America 127:3104-3113.
Sisneros JA, Alderks
PW, Leon K, and B Sniffen. 2009. Morphometric changes associated with
the reproductive cycle and behaviour of the intertidal-nesting, male plainfin
midshipman Porichthys notatus. J. Fish Bio. 74:18-36.