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

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.
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.
Griffin, AS , Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2015, ' Cognition and personality: an analysis of an emerging field ' Trends in Ecology and Evolution , vol 30, no. 4, pp. 207-214.
Hall, ZJ , Healy, SD & Meddle, S 2015, ' A role for nonapeptides and dopamine in nest-building behaviour ' Journal of Neuroendocrinology , vol 25, pp. 158-165.
Bailey, IE , Muth, F , Morgan, K , Meddle, SL & Healy, SD 2015, ' Birds build camouflaged nests ' The Auk , vol 132, no. 1, pp. 13-17.
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