Team Midshipman
Our Life Aquatic Exploring the Underwater World of Fish Hearing and Bioacoustics Since 2004

Last updated 2-23-18
Team Midshipman (Oct 2017), left to right:
Rob Mohr, Nick Lozier, Joe Sisneros, Brooke Vetter, Ruiyu Zeng, and William Palmer
Team Midshipman (Jan 2018) in front of the lab of Ed Ricketts and his memorial on Cannery Row in Monterey, CA; left to right: Will Palmer, Ruiyu Zeng, Nick Lozier, Brooke Vetter, and Joe Sisneros
Current Members Honorary Members and Collaborators

Joseph Sisneros (Principal Investigator)
Rank: Supreme Master Midshipman
Neuroethology of acoustic communication in fishes.

Elvis (Honorary Lab Member)


Brooke Vetter (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Rank: Sage Master Midshipman
Neural mechanisms for social acoustic signal recognition

Richard Fay (Senior Scientist)
Marine Biological Laboratory
Hearing in fishes

Nicholas Lozier (PhD Candidate Student)
Rank: Master Midshipman
Mechanisms of hair cell plasticity in fish auditory systems

Paul Forlano (Associate Professor)
City University of New York, Brooklyn College
Mechanisms underlying steroid-induced neural plasticity
and sex differences in brain and behavior
Ruiyu Zeng (PhD Candidate Student)
Rank: Master Midshipman
Zebrafish Hearing

Andrew Brown (Assistant Professor)
University of Washington

Spatial hearing in humans; morphological and behavioral studies of the lateral line system in teleost fishes.


William Palmer (Undergrad Neurobiology Student)
Rank: Midshipman Apprentice
Midshipman bioacoustics and neural mechanisms of behavior

Allison Coffin (Assistant Professor)
Washington State University Vancouver
Development and morphology of the inner ear of fishes

Sophia Sisneros (Unpaid Intern)
Rank: Minnow
Loves to collect tidepool marine organisms and look for deer.

David Zeddies (Senior Scientist)
JASCO Applied Sciences
Sound source localization by fishes

Peter Rogers (Senior Scientist)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Noah Sisneros (Unpaid Intern)
Rank: Minnow
Loves to "night light" off the FHL dock and collect fish with hand nets. Expert fish wrangler.

Lab Alumni

Robert Mohr (Ph.D.)

Role of the swim bladder for sound reception and communication in the plainfin midshipman.

Currently employed at Amazon Spheres

Orphal Colleye (Postdoctoral Associate)
Fish bioacoustics

Currently a postdoc at University of de Liege


Ashwin Bhandiwad (Ph.D.)

Hearing and the effects of noise on fishes

Currently a postdoc at NIH

Elizabeth Whitchurch (Postdoc)
Humboldt State University

Currently employed at Humboldt State University

Peter Alderks (Ph.D.)
Ontogenetic plasticity of auditory senstivity in the plainfin midshipman fish.

Currently employed at Microsoft

Raquel Vasconcelos (Ph.D)
Neuroethology of acoustic communication in the Lusitanian toadfish (H.didactylus)

Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Joseph (Macau)

Yiran (Ivy) Chang (Undergraduate Student)

Currently a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin and the Institute of Cellular and molecular Biology
Christina Jarvis (Undergraduate Student)
Early growth and development of fishes
Meagan Wong (Undergraduate Student)
Currently in medical school at Touro University in California.

Andrew Acob (Undergraduate Student)

Currently in medical school at UW

Kiel Shaub (PostGraduate Student)
Currently in a PhD program at UCLA

Brian Sniffen (Undergraduate Student)
Gonzaga University School of Law
Currently an associate attorney at Miller Nash LLP (environmental law)