Our very own Lauren co-organised the Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences (IBANS) 2nd Annual Autumn Mini-Symposium at the University of St Andrews, where Bill Hopkins gave the master lecture!

David, Nora, and Georgina also each gave talks as representatives of the universities early career researchers:


David – Visual navigation in wild hummingbirds



Nora – Across the great divide: similarities and differences in information encoding strategies of UK and North American tits



Georgina – Are parasitoid wasps “rational”?


Nest Construction Conference

The Nest Construction and Function 2015 conference, held in Lincoln, was attended by Alexis, Lauren, Eira, and Sue:


Alexis giving her talk on how male zabra finches learn about and attend to multiple physical properties of nest materials:


Next up, here’s Eira talking about the role of the cerebellum in avian nest-building behaviour:


Here, Lauren talked about how first-time nest-building zebra finches copy experienced conspecifics:


And then finally, Sue pictured with Charles Deeming with the book ‘Nests, eggs, & incubation’ which Sue, Kate, and Ida contributed a chapter to!

Food storing

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Healy, S.D. & Suhonen, J. 1996. Memory for locations of stored food in willow tits and marsh tits. Behaviour 133 (1-2): 71-80.

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Healy, S.D. 1995. Memory for objects and positions: Delayed non-matching to sample in storing and nonstoring tits. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Section B Comparative and Physiological Psychology 48 (2): 179-191.

Healy, S.D., Clayton, N.S. & Krebs, J.R. 1994. Development of hippocampal specialization in two species of tit (Parus spp). Behavioural Brain Research 61 (1): 23-28.

Healy, S.D. & Krebs, K.R. 1993. Development of hippocampal specialisation in a food-storing bird. Behavioural Brain Research 53 (1-2): 127-131.

Healy, S.D. & Krebs, J.R. 1992. Food storing and the hippocampus in corvids: Amount and volume are correlated. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 248 (1323): 241-245.

Healy, S.D. & Krebs, J.R. 1992.Comparing spatial memory in two species of tit- Recalling a single positive location. Animal Learning & Behavior 20 (2): 121-126.

Krebs, J.R., Healy, S.D. & Shettleworth S.J. 1990. Spatial memory of Paridae: Comparison of a storing and a non storing species, the Coal tit, Parus ater, and the Great tit, P major. Animal Behaviour 39 (6): 1127-1137.

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