Springer Handbook of Auditory Research


The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research presents a series of synthetic reviews of fundamental topics dealing with auditory systems. Each volume is independent and authoritative; taken as a set, this series will be the definitive resource in the field.

SHAR to begin its 21st year with the addition of Dr. Allison Coffin and Dr. Joseph Sisneros

From: Dick Fay and Art Popper

The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research (SHAR) series enters its 21st year in 2013. The year will see the publication of a very exciting and unique 50th volume, and many additional volumes are planned for 2013 and beyond. When we founded SHAR we never anticipated how the series would grow (we originally expected to do eight volumes) or how much it would impact our discipline. Nor did we ever think that our “green books” would become a mainstay of the libraries of so many of our colleagues, or be cited so often.

Even as SHAR continues to move forward, both of us are reaching points in our careers where we are beginning to think about new ventures, and the possibility of “giving up” our direct involvement in the series. This is not at all imminent, but we realize that if SHAR is to continue in the future, we need to develop a plan for continuity. We have spent a number of years thinking about this, and just recently decided to invite two younger colleagues to be co-series editors and to ultimately take over as series editors when we retire.

Thus, we are very p

leased to announce that Dr. Allison Coffin (Washington State University) and Dr. Joseph Sisneros (University of Washington) will be joining us as SHAR co-series editors. Both Joe and Alli are highly productive scholars who are developing strong international reputations for their outstanding research, and both are closely tied to the auditory community. Alli and Joe have worked together on a number of research projects over the past few years, and both bring broad intellect and great energy to the task. And, having Joe and Alli in the SHAR future means a special continuity for us since Alli was Art’s graduate student and Joe and Dick worked together in research. Thus, we are keeping the series “in our family,” something that pleases us a great deal.

Dr. Allison Coffin Alli Coffin is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Washington State University on the Vancouver (WA) campus and is also an affiliate assistant professor at the Oregon Health & Science University. As a broadly trained biologist, she has diverse research interests, all involving auditory structure and function. Her primary research program examines cellular and molecular mechanisms of hearing loss, while other areas of research include understanding the mechanisms underlying fish auditory plasticity.

Dr. Joseph Sisneros Joe Sisneros is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biology at the University of Washington and is also an affiliate faculty of the UW Virginia


Bloedel Hearing Research Center. His primary research interests are in the plasticity of neural mechanisms and behavior. His research focuses on auditory plasticity in fishes that is adaptive for encoding of biological relevant signals used during social behaviors. Other research interests include sound source localization and how fishes detect and locate underwater sound sources in both relatively simple and complex acoustic environments.