Prof Sue Healy

Professor

Harold Mitchell 208
tel. 01334 462065
fax. 01334 463042
sdh11@st-andrews.ac.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 2018, 'Wild hummingbirds require a consistent view of landmarks to pinpoint a goal location' Animal Behaviour, vol 137, pp. 83-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.01.014
Pritchard, DJ & Healy, SD 2018, 'Taking an insect-inspired approach to avian navigation' Learning and Behavior, vol 46, no. 1, pp. 7-22. DOI: 10.3758/s13420-018-0314-5
Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2018, 'Social learning in nest-building birds watching live-streaming video demonstrators' Integrative Zoology. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12316
Pritchard, DJ, Tello Ramos, MC, Muth, F & Healy, SD 2017, 'Treating hummingbirds as feathered bees: a case of ethological cross-pollination' Biology Letters, vol 13, no. 12, 20170610. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0610
McIvor, GE & Healy, SD 2017, 'Nest site selection and patterns of nest re-use in the Hooded Crow Corvus cornix' Bird Study, vol 64, no. 3, pp. 374-385. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1364220
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