Peter Narins Phd


Department of Physiological Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

4835 Life Science Building
310-825-0256 | 310-206-8407 (lab) | 310-206-3987 (fax)


  • BS, Cornell University, 1965
  • MS, Cornell University, 1966
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1976

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Miami, 2005
  • Professor, Ad Honorem, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, 1998
  • Animal behavior Society Fellow, 1997
  • AAAS Fellow, 1997
  • Acoustical Society of America Science Writing Award for Professionals, 1996
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Guggenheim Award, 1993
  • Acoustical Society of America Fellow, 1993
  • Animal Behavior Society Founders Award, 1990
  • UCLA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, 1990
  • Fulbright Foundation Fulbright Award, 1988
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Humboldt Award, 1985

Research Interests

Professor Narin’s lab is currently at work on the following projects

  • Frog robotics
  • Novel Sound Pathways in Amphibians
  • Seismic Communication
  • Ultrasonic Sound Production in Frogs
  • Sound Localization
  • Energy Flow in the Frog Ear
  • Frog Chorus Interactions
  • Cross-Modal Binding
  • Middle Ear Mechanics
  • Hair Cell Research

Recent Papers

  1. Arch V.S., Simmons D.D., Quinones P.M., Feng A.S., Jiang J., Stuart B.L., Shen J.X., Blair C., Narins P.M., “Inner ear morphological correlates of ultrasonic hearing in frogs,” Hear Res. 2011 Nov 25. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Quinones P.M., Luu C., Schweizer F.E., Narins P.M., “Exocytosis in the frog amphibian papilla,” J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2012 Feb;13(1):39-54. Epub 2011 Nov 29.
  3. Farhbaksh N.A., Zelaya J.E., Narins P.M., “Osmotic properties of auditory hair cells in the leopard frog: evidence for water-permeable channels,” Hear Res. 2011 Feb;272(1-2):69-84. Epub 2010 Oct 31.
  4. Gridi-Papp M., Narins P.M., “Environmental influences in the evolution of tetrapod hearing sensitivity and middle ear tuning,” Integr Comp Biol. 2009 Dec;49(6):702-16. Epub 2009 Sep 16.
  5. Arch V.S., Narins P.M., “‘Silent’ signals: Selective forces acting on ultrasonic communication systems in terrestrial vertebrates,” Anim Behav. 2008 Oct;76(4):1423-28.
  6. Arch V.S., Grafe T.U., Gridi-Papp M., Narins P.M., “Pure ultrasonic communication in an endemic Bornean frog,” PLoS One. 2009;4(4):e5413. Epub 2009 Apr 29.
  7. Arch V.S., Narins P.M., “Sexual hearing: the influence of sex hormones on acoustic communication in frogs,” Hear Res. 2009 Jun;252(1-2):15-20. Epub 2009 Jan 17. Review.
  8. Wong S., Parada H., Narins P.M., “Heterospecific Acoustic Interference: Effects on Calling in Oophaga pumilio,” Biotropica. 2009 Jan 1;41(1):74-80.
  9. Gridi-Papp M., Feng A.S., Shen J.X., Yu Z.L., Rosowski J.J., Narins P.M., “Active control of ultrasonic hearing in frogs,” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Aug 5;105(31):11014-9. Epub 2009 Jul 25.
  10. Farakbakhsh N.A., Narins P.M., “Slow motility in hair cells of the frog amphibian papilla: myosin light chain-mediated shape change,” Hear Res. 2008 Jul;241(1-2):7-17. Epub 2008 Apr 29.