Education: Ph.D. 1994, University of South Carolina
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Sara Lindsay studies the sensory biology and ecology of marine invertebrates. She is especially interested in chemoreception, tissue regeneration, bioturbation and understanding how polychaetes and other infauna make a living in the mud and sand at the bottom of the ocean.
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? I have mostly focused this research on polychaetes, but also study bivalves, echinoderms and some of the coolest creatures on the planet, tardigrades.