Postdocs and fellows


Dr Marie Hebert

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) 



Dr Shoko Sugasawa

photo 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)








Dr Maria Cristina Tello-Ramos

photo 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)




Dr David Pritchard

photo 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.



Dr Lauren Guillette

photo 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.



Dr Ida Bailey


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.  




Dr Kate Morgan


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. 




Dr Patrick Walsh


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)




Dr Christelle Jozet-Alves


2007-2008: Christelle is a lecturer at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie. E-mail: ‎christelle.alves(AT)  




Dr Jonathan Daisley


2005-2006: During his time in the Healy lab Jonathan researched spatial memory in birds. He is a consultant ecologist at Heritage Environment Ltd. 





Dr Robert Biegler

Robert is an associate professor in psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. E-mail: ‎robert.biegler(AT)‎ 





Dr Simone Meddle

1999-2005: Simone is a reader at the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. E-mail: ‎simone.meddle(AT)‎