Alec R. Lindsay

Dr. Lindsay tracking loonsProfessor

2113 Weston Hall
Phone (906) 227-1834


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Ph.D. University of Michigan 2002
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


B.S. University of Wisconsin 1994
Zoology and Classical Humanities

Research Interests

Dr. Lindsay’s research interests are broadly focused on studies of evolution, animal behavior and conservation, incorporating data gathered from molecular genetic methods and detailed field studies. He is interested in evolutionary theory and its application to animal behavior, molecular evolution and conservation. Dr. Lindsay’s research work has predominantly focused on studies of genetics and behavior of Holarctic birds, but students and collaborators work on varied taxa like deer, ticks, black flies and parasites.


Dr. Lindsay teaches introductory courses (Intro to Biology - Principles), mid-level courses for majors (Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology, Conservation Biology) and non-majors (Ecology of the Northern Forest), advanced courses for majors (Evolution, Genetics, Ornithology) and graduate students (Systematics, Conservation Genetics, Graduate Seminar). He also regularly mentors students in courses of individualized content (Field Experience, Lab Experience, Directed Studies, Research) and leads students on an intensive course in Africa (Field Studies of Zambia).

Selected Publications

  • Gayk, Z.G. & Lindsay, A.R. 2012. Winter Microhabitat Foraging Preferences of Sympatric Boreal and Black-capped chickadees in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124: 820–824.
  • Weinandt, M.L., Meyer, M., Strand, M. & Lindsay, A.R. 2012. Cues used by the black fly, Simulium annulus, for attraction to the common loon (Gavia immer). Journal of Vector Ecology 37: 359–364.
  • Lerner HRL, Johnson JA, Lindsay AR, Kiff LF, Mindell DP, 2009. It's not too Late for the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja): High Levels Of Genetic Diversity and Differentiation Can Fuel Conservation Programs. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7336. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007336 PDF
  • Lindsay, Alec R. and Jerry Belant. 2008. A simple and improved PCR-based technique for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) sex identification. Conservation Genetics: 9:443-447 PDF
  • Graves, Brent M., R.Mac Strand and Alec R. Lindsay. 2006. A reassessment of sexual dimorphism in human senescence: theory, evidence and causation. American Journal of Human Biology: 18: 161-168 PDF
  • Lindsay, Alec R.,Sandra S. Gillum, Michael W. Meyer. 2002. Influence of lakeshore development on breeding bird communities in a mixed northern forest. Biological Conservation 107(1): 1-11 PDF