Susan Healy

Prof Susan Healy

Principal Investigator


Email: Susan Healy
Phone: +44 1334 462065


Susan Healy is a Professor in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews. She has several avenues of research currently underway all stemming from an interest in adaptation and cognition.  Her research investigates cognitive abilities in non-model organisms such as hummingbirds, zebra finches and bowerbirds She is especially interested in 'animal cognition in the wild' and tests cognitive abilities of animals (nearly always birds) in as natural conditions as possible. Two major research areas are: 1) cognitive abilities of rufous hummingbirds (in collaboration with Andy Hurly, University of Lethbridge, Canada) and 2) the cognitive basis of nest building in birds (in collaboration with Simone Meddle, University of Edinburgh, UK).  Healy is also interested in explanations for variation in brain size (in collaboration with Candy Rowe, University of Newcastle, UK).

Further information

Healy group website
University of St Andrews staff profile

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