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 research examined 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 used neuroanatomical methods to investigate the potential mechanism(s)
responsible for the previously observed ontogenetic plasticity of saccular
afferent senstivity in the plainfin midshipman.
Coffin AB, Zeddies
DG, Fay RR, Brown AD, Alderks PW, Bhandiwad AA, Mohr RA, Gray MD,
Rogers PH, and JA Sisneros. In Press. Use of the swim bladder and
lateral line in near-field sound source localization by fishes. Journal
of Experimental Biology.
PW and JA Sisneros. 2013. Development of the acoustically evoked behavioral
response in larval plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatus.
Public Library of Science One 8(12):e82182.
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.