University of St Andrews
 
 

Dr Sue Healy
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Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TH
UK

I have several avenues of research currently underway all stemming from an interest in adaptation and cognition.  I investigate cognitive ablities in non-model organisms such as hummingbirds, zebra finches and bowerbirds and I am especially interested in 'animal cognition in the wild' and test cognitive abilities of animals (nearly always birds) in as natural conditions as possible. I currently have two major projects: 1) cognitive abilities of rufous hummingbirds (in collaboration with Andy Hurly, U. of Lethbridge, Canada) and 2) the cognitive basis of nest building in birds (in collaboration with Simone Meddle, U. of Edinburgh, UK).  I am also interested in explanations for variation in brain size (in collaboration with Candy Rowe, U. of Newcastle, UK).

 

Publications

Pritchard, DJ, Hurly, TA & Healy, SD 2015, ' Effects of landmark distance and stability on accuracy of reward relocation ' Animal Cognition .
Hall, ZJ, Street, SE, Auty, S & Healy, SD 2015, ' The coevolution of building nests on the ground and domed nests in Timaliidae ' The Auk , vol 132, no. 3, pp. 584-593.
Bailey, IE , Backes, A , Walsh, PT , Morgan, K , Meddle, SL & Healy, SD 2015, ' Image analysis of weaverbird nests reveals signature weave textures ' Royal Society Open Science , vol 2, 150074.
McIvor, GE & Healy, SD 2015, ' Communal nesting by Hooded Crows ' Bird Study , vol 62, no. 3.
Tello Ramos, MC, Hurly, TA, Higgott, C & Healy, SD 2015, ' Time-place learning in wild, free-living hummingbirds ' Animal Behaviour , vol 104, pp. 123-129.
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