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

Bailey, IE , Muth, F , Morgan, K , Meddle, SL & Healy, SD 2015, ' Birds build camouflaged nests ' The Auk , vol 132, no. 1, pp. 13-17.
Rowe, C & Healy, SD 2014, ' Measuring cognition will be difficult but worth it: a response to comments on Rowe and Healy ' Behavioral Ecology , vol 25, no. 6, pp. 1298.
Guillette, L , Morgan, K , Bailey, IE , Hall, ZJ & Healy, SD 2014, ' Food preference and copying behaviour in zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata ' Behavioural Processes , vol 109, no. Part B, pp. 145-150.
Hornsby, MAW, Hurly, TA, Hamilton, CE, Pritchard, DJ & Healy, SD 2014, ' Wild, free-living rufous hummingbirds do not use geometric cues in a spatial task ' Behavioural Processes , vol 108, pp. 138-141.
Rowe, C & Healy, SD 2014, ' Measuring variation in cognition ' Behavioral Ecology , vol 25, no. 6, pp. 1287-1292.
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