Michael Smith, Ph.D. University of Texas
BIOL 120 Introductory Biology
BIOL 335 Neurobiology
BIOL 545 Animal Communication
Auditory Neurobiology and Bioacoustics of Fishes
Research in my lab uses electrophysiological, behavioral, molecular, and morphological analysis to understand processes related to hearing in teleost fishes. Projects in my lab examine the teleost auditory system in biomedical, environmental, and ecological/evolutionary contexts. Current projects include examining gene expression patterns during the process of sensory hair cell regeneration in the zebrafish inner ear, developing predictive models of hearing loss in fishes, understanding the tonotopic organization of the fish ear, studying sound localization abilities in fishes, and describing unique morphological features of the peripheral auditory structures of loricariid catfishes.
Ph.D. 2001 Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin
B.S., M.S. 1994, 1996 Zoology, Brigham Young University
Schuck, J.B., Sun, H., Penberthy, W.T., Cooper, N.G.F., Li, X., and Smith, M.E. 2011. Transcriptomic analysis of the zebrafish inner ear points to growth hormone mediated regeneration following acoustic trauma. BMC Neuroscience 12: 88, Doi:10.1186/1471-2202-12-88.
Smith, M.E. 2011. Predicting hearing loss in fishes. In press. In: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. Springer-Verlag.
Smith, M.E., Schuck, J.B., Gilley, R.R., and Rogers, B.D. 2011. Structural and functional effects of acoustic exposure in goldfish: evidence for tonotopy in the teleost saccule. BMC Neuroscience 12:19, Doi:10.1186/1471-2202-12-19.
Schuck, J.B. and Smith, M.E. 2009. Cell proliferation follows acoustically-induced hair cell bundle loss in the zebrafish saccule. Hearing Research 253:67-76.
Wysocki, L.E., Davidson, J., Smith, M.E., Popper, A.N., Frankel, A., Ellison, W.,Welch, T., Ford, F., Bebak-Williams, J. 2007. The effects of aquaculture noise on the growth, survival and hearing of rainbow trout. Aquaculture 272:687-697.
Oxman, D., R. Barnett-Johnson, Smith, M.E., A.B. Coffin, D.L. Miller, R. Josephson, and A.N. Popper. 2007. The effect of vaterite deposition on otolith morphology, sound reception and inner ear sensory epithelia in hatchery-reared Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1469-1478.
Popper, A.N., M.B. Halvorsen, A.S. Kane, D. Miller, M.E. Smith, J. Song, P. Stein, and L.E. Wysocki. 2007. The effects of high-intensity, low-frequency active sonar on rainbow trout. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122(1):623-635.
Smith, M.E., Coffin, A.B., Miller, D.L., and Popper, A.N. 2006. Anatomical and functional recovery of the goldfish (Carrasius auratus) ear following noise exposure. Journal of Experimental Biology 209:4193-4202.