Associate Professor, Marine Sciences
My research, teaching and outreach pages describe most of what I do here
at the University of Maine. Since coming to UM in 1998 from Scripps Institution
of Oceanography, I've worn several hats including Research Assistant Professor,
Education Coordinator for Maine Sea Grant, and Undergraduate Coordinator
for the School of Marine Sciences. Now in the tenure track, I'm spending
more time in the classroom, which entails a different kind of work, but
is also a great deal of fun. The best part of my job is that I get to
do things I like -- teaching and learning with students, mucking in the
mud, figuring out how to answer cool questions about marine ecology, talking
about science with other folks who think its cool, and exploring the microscopic
beauty of marine invertebrates. When I have free time in the lab, I enjoy
pushing the envelope in photomicroscopy, and several of my images have
won recognition in the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Contest (2005,
Nikon Small World competition (2008),
and the Ralph & Mildred Buchsbaum Photomicrography contest sponsored
by the American Microscopical Society (2006,
2009). You can see some of the images I've captured in the Gallery.
One part of my job that I take seriously is my role as a mentor. I enjoy
working with high school students, undergraduates and graduate students
alike. I usually have only 2-3 graduate students working with me at a
time. Current and past lab members are listed below.
Note to prospective students: Due to funding
constraints, I do not anticipate taking on new graduate students for 2011-2012.
I encourage you to contact other faculty in the School
of Marine Sciences who might share your research interests.
Current Lab Members
Beth Campbell (Master of Science,Marine Biology)
Beth is studying the interactions between
nutrient supply, injury, and bioturbation in maldanid polychaetes. A former
HS teacher, Beth shared her teaching expertise in a recent webinar on
sequestered carbon and the carbon cycle. Check it out on the COSEE-Ocean
Systems website (click
Ryan Weatherbee (Master of Science in Teaching)
Ryan is studying undergraduate students' content knowledge of marine
primary productivity, working to develop a longitudinal assessment instrument
to determine how student understanding of this key concept changes over
Kevin DuClos (Master of Science in Oceanography)
Kevin is working on the functional morphology of subsurface deposit
feeders project that Pete Jumars and I share. He is primarily advised
by Pete, but we claim him as one of our lab members too. Wormy folks have
to stick together.
Shannon Brown (student lab technician)
Shannon worked on the census of injury project last year and will be re-joining
the lab this spring after spending the fall at UMaine's Semester-By-the-Sea
Katelyn Hunt (student lab technician & summer intern)
Katelyn is working on the census of injury among marine worms, and
spent last summer helping with a field experiment at the Friday Harbor
Labs in Washington.
Brendan McKay (Senior Capstone, Marine Sciences)
Brendan is using confocal microscopy to examine the muscles that underly
marine worm sensory structures, explore the functional morphology of how
these sensory organs are deployed while worms are burrowing.
Past Lab Members
Jennifer Page (Ph.D. in Biology, Georgia Tech 2009)
Dr. Page examined the effect of injury on
nutritional condition of maldanid polychaetes.
Tim Riordan (M.S. in Marine Biology, 2001)
Chemosensory mediated deposit-feeding in the spionid polychaete Dipolydora
quadrilobata. Tim works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
David (Skip) Forest (M.S. in Marine Biology, 2005)
The nervous systems of spionid polychaetes: structure, composition and
effects of serotonin on behavior. Skip is pursuing his PhD at the University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Marlene Tsie (M.S. in Marine Biology August,
Marlene identified g-proteins from the
spionid polychaete Dipolydora quadrilobata and examined their
tissue localization using immunocytochemisry. Marlene is a lab
technician at UC Santa Barbara
Megan McOsker (M.S. in Teaching, August, 2009)
Megan explored marine science students' understanding of error and variability
in primary science communication. Megan is a middle school science teacher
Matthew Babineau (Senior Capstone, Marine Science)
Matt studied responses of Dipolydora quadrilobata to waterborne
food cues following loss of their feeding palps.
Justin Barnes (Senior Capstone, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Justin studied the effect of tissue regeneration on neutral and polar
lipids in the spionid polychaete Streblospio benedicti.
Jeremy Bender (Marine Science)
Jeremy helped census injured marine worms from two different field sites
Amanda Brooks (Senior Capstone, Marine Science)
Amanda researched the impacts of exploitation on the American Horseshoe
Andrea Dufour (Senior Capstone, Marine Science)
Andrea examined muscle regrowth during regeneration in spionid polychaetes.
Si Qing (Erica) He (summer intern)
When home from Brown University, Erica helped us with many different projects.
Jennifer Jackson (Honors Thesis, Marine Science)
Jenn completed a multi-year project examining anterior regeneration
in three spionid polychaete species.
Toni Lombardi (Marine Science student worker)
Toni was our worm-sorter and digitizer extraordinaire for two years
until she decided to move on to bigger things.
Gordon Lorenson (Senior Capstone, Marine Science)
Gordon studied the effect of diet on the development of skin color in
Chloe Meisner (summer intern)
Home from Carleton College, Chloe spent one summer working with us on
the maldanid injury experiment and field censuses of injury.
Kirsten Tomlinson (Senior Capstone, Marine Science)
Kirsten studied feeding behavior of Polydora cornuta following
High School Interns
Jennifer Jackson. (Bangor H.S.)
Lucy Gross (Bangor H.S.)
Si Qing He (John Bapst Memorial H.S.)
Spring 2010: Wacky worm poses
(6 spionids & 1 nereidid)
(Back L-R: Katelyn, Sara, Brendan, Beth; Front L-R: Jenn, Shannon,
Lowes Cove @ Darling Marine Center
Jenn & Chloe sample Lowes Cove (2009)
Skip, Marlene & Sara (2004)
Interns Laura (Rawson lab) and Erica ham it up at Lamoine
Sara M. Lindsay
5751 Murray Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
office: Murray 210
lab: Murray 216
NOTE: While I am on sabbatical leave Jan-
May 2011, email is the best way to reach me.