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Sara Lindsay

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Sara Lindsay

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Sara Lindsay


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5751 Murray Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469


Ph.D. 1994, University of South Carolina


Sara Lindsay studies the sensory biology and ecology of marine invertebrates. She is especially interested in chemoreception, tissue regeneration, and understanding how polychaetes and other infauna make a living in the mud and sand at the bottom of the ocean.

Research interests

I am an integrative biologist. My research interests span marine invertebrate community ecology, behavior, physiology, sensory biology and cell & molecular biology. I use methods from each of these disciplines to approach different questions. Some of the questions that intrigue me are: 1) How do sensory systems, such as chemoreception and vision coordinate ecologically important behaviors? 2) How do processes such as predation and disturbance (and their interactions) structure communitites? 3) How do predation risk and injury affect feeding behavior, bioturbation, and competitive interactions? 4) What are the physiological costs and mechanisms of tissue regeneration? Right now, I am investigating these questions by studying polychaetes.

Some recent publications are listed below. For a complete list, please visit my website. Reprints are available on request.



  • Lindsay SM. 2010. Frequency of injury and the ecology of regeneration in marine benthic invertebrates. Integrative & Comparative Biology. 50(4): 479-493

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  • Lindsay, S.M. 2009. Ecology and Biology of Chemoreception in Polychaetes. Zoosymposia 2: 339-367

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Additional Publications

  • Kesaniemi, JE., P.D. Rawson, S.M. Lindsay and K.E. Knott. 2012. Phylogenetic analysis of cryptic speciation in the polychaete Pygospio elegans. Ecology & Evolution 2(5): 994-1007
  • Lindsay, S.M., J. Chasse, R.A. Butler, W. Morrill, & R.J. Van Beneden. 2010. Impacts of stage-specific acute pesticide exposure on predicted population structure of the soft-shell clam, Mya arenaria. Aquatic Toxicology 98(3): 265-274
  • Tsie, M.S., P.D. Rawson & S.M. Lindsay. 2008. Immunolocalization of a Gαq protein to the chemosensory organs of Dipolydora quadrilobata (Polychaeta: Spionidae). Cell & Tissue Research 333:469-480, DOI 10.1007/s00441-008-0660-2
  • Lindsay, S.M., J.L. Jackson, and D.L. Forest. 2008. Morphology of anterior regeneration in two spionid polychaete species: implications for feeding efficiency. Invertebrate Biology. 127: 65-79. DOI:10.111/j.1744-7410.2007.00114.x
  • Forest, D.L. and S.M. Lindsay. 2008. Observations of serotonin and FMRFamide-like immunoreactivity in palp sensory structures and the anterior nervous system of spionid polychaetes. Journal of Morphology. 269:544-551, DOI: 10.1002/jmor.10605

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  • Lindsay, S.M. , J.L. Jackson, and S.Q. He. 2007. Anterior Regeneration in the spionid polychaetes Dipolydora quadrilobata and Pygospio elegans. Marine Biology 150:1161-1172. (Published online Aug. 2006) DOI 10.1007/s00227-006-0431-0
  • Lindsay, S.M., T.J. Riordan, Jr, and D. Forest . 2004. Identification and activity-dependent labeling of peripheral sensory structures of a spionid polychaete. Biological Bulletin 206:65-77.
  • Riordan, Jr., T.J. and S.M. Lindsay. 2002. Feeding Responses to particle-bound cues by a deposit-feeding spionid polychaete, Dipolydora quadrilobata (Jacobi 1883). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 277:79-95

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