Postdocs and fellows
Marie is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow studying the neurobiology of nest-building behaviour in birds with Prof Sue Healy and Prof Simone Meddle (Roslin Institute, Edinburgh). Using zebra finch as a model species, she is looking at the relationship between problem-solving and nest building, as well as the influence played by sex steroids on nest-building behaviour. E-mail: mafh1(AT)st-andrews.ac.uk
Shoko is a BBSRC Discovery Fellow studying nest-building behaviour in birds with Prof. Sue Healy. She is interested in the ecology and evolution of animal behaviour, with a particular focus on animal architecture, including nests and tools, as well as movement ecology. E-mail: ss244(AT)st-andrews.ac.uk
Maria is a research assistant on a project lead by Prof. Susan Healy that will determine whether there is an effect of social learning in the nest and roost building behaviour of the white-browed sparrow weaver (Plocepasser mahali mahali) at the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. E-mail: mctr(AT)st-andrews.ac.uk
David was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Healy Lab. David is interested in what animals in the wild learn about their environment, and how they use this information to find their way around. He worked on small-scale navigation in Rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) and he is now working in the Vallejo-Marin Lab at the University of Stirling looking at buzz pollination.
2014-2018: Lauren was a BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellow in the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews. During the time Lauren spent at the Healy Lab, she examined the role of learning in nest building behaviour in zebra finches. She has now moved to the University of Alberta to start a new position as Assistant Professor.
Dr Eira Ihalainen
2015-2018: Eira’s research at the Healy Lab focused on the role of individual learning, nest material use and male-female interactions in nesting zebra finches. At that time she was a Marie Curie Fellow. She has a background in the evolutionary ecology of animal colouration, particularly warning signalling and mimicry.
2012-2015: Ida is interested in how animals acquire and use information for decision-making and the energetic and ecological consequences of those decisions. Her postdoctoral work in the Healy lab focused on what information birds use to make decisions about nest construction.
2012-2015: Kate’s post-doctoral research in Healy lab focused on the role of cognition in birds nest building behaviour. Previously, her PhD research focused on how context influences the decision-making of humans and hummingbirds.
2007-2010: Patrick’s post-doctoral research in Healy lab focused on the role of cognition in birds nest building behaviour. Patrick is a teaching fellow at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Edinburgh. E-mail: Patrick.Walsh(AT)ed.ac.uk
2007-2008: Christelle is a lecturer at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie. E-mail: christelle.alves(AT)unicaen.fr
2005-2006: During his time in the Healy lab Jonathan researched spatial memory in birds. He is a consultant ecologist at Heritage Environment Ltd.
1999-2005: Simone is a reader at the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. E-mail: simone.meddle(AT)roslin.ed.ac.uk