Prof Susan Healy:
Professor / Director of Centre for Biological Diversity


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).

source: symbiosis

Recent Publications:

5 (of 147 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for sdh11 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Estimating on the fly Mia Corliss, Theo Brown, T. Andrew Hurly, Susan Healy,
Learning and Behavior 2021 vol. 49 pp. 67–75
Learning and animal movement Mark A. Lewis, William F. Fagan, Marie Auger-Méthé, Jacqueline Frair, John M. Fryxell, Claudius Gros, Eliezer Gurarie, Susan Healy, Jerod A. Merkle
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2021 vol. 9
Manipulative and technological skills do not require a slow life history Alexis Breen, Shoko Sugasawa, Susan Healy
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2021 vol. 9
Not by transmission alone Susan Perry, Alecia Carter, Marco Smolla, Erol Akçay, Sabine Nöbel, Jacob G. Foster, Susan Healy
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2021 vol. 376
Object manipulation without hands Shoko Sugasawa, Barbara Webb, Susan Healy
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 2021 vol. 288