Jason Keagy, Ph.D.

Jason Keagy, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Behavioral Ecology
410 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Animal behavior/ behavioral ecology
  • Animal cognition
  • Evolution
  • Neurogenomics
  • Computer Programming


  • B.S. Biology, College of William and Mary, 2003
  • Ph.D. Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, University of Maryland - College Park, 2010


Bowerbird innovation and problem solving, Keagy, Jason, 2021

Behavior-related gene regulatory networks
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Sinha, Saurabh, Jones, Beryl M., Traniello, Ian M., Bukhari, Syed A., Halfon, Marc S., Hofmann, Hans A., Huang, Sui, Katz, Paul S., Keagy, Jason, Lynch, Vincent J., Sokolowski, Marla B., Stubbs, Lisa J., Tabe-Bordbar, Shayan, Wolfner, Mariana F., Robinson, Gene E., 2020

Correction to
Royal Society Open Science, Bell, Alison M., Trapp, Rebecca, Keagy, Jason, 2019

On the role of male competition in speciation
Behavioral Ecology, Tinghitella, Robin M., Lackey, Alycia C.R., Martin, Michael, Dijkstra, Peter D., Drury, Jonathan P., Heathcote, Robert, Keagy, Jason, Scordato, Elizabeth S.C., Tyers, Alexandra M., 2018

A major player need not be the only player in speciation
Behavioral Ecology, Tinghitella, Robin M., Lackey, Alycia C.R., Martin, Michael D., Dijkstra, Peter D., Drury, Jonathan P., Heathcote, Robert J.P., Keagy, Jason, Scordato, Elizabeth S.C., Tyers, Alexandra M., 2018

Why does the magnitude of genotype-by-environment interaction vary?
Ecology and Evolution, Saltz, Julia B., Bell, Alison M., Flint, Jonathan, Gomulkiewicz, Richard, Hughes, Kimberly A., Keagy, Jason, 2018

Brain differences in ecologically differentiated sticklebacks
Acta Zoologica Sinica, Keagy, Jason, Braithwaite, Victoria A., Boughman, Janette W., 2018

Parenting behaviour is highly heritable in male stickleback
Royal Society Open Science, Bell, Alison, Trapp, Rebecca, Keagy, Jason, 2018

The relationship between male sexual signals, cognitive performance, and mating success in stickleback fish
Ecology and Evolution, Minter, Ross, Keagy, Jason, Tinghitella, Robin M., 2017

The relative roles of genes and rearing environment on the spatial cognitive ability of two sympatric species of threespine stickleback
Evolutionary Ecology Research, Martinez, Jonatan, Keagy, Jason, Wurst, Benjamin, Fetzner, William, Boughman, Janette W., 2016

Female active sampling of male paint on bowers predicts female uncertainty in mate choice
Animal Behaviour, Keagy, Jason, Hosler, Linda, Borgia, Gerald, 2016

Male competition fitness landscapes predict both forward and reverse speciation
Ecology Letters, Keagy, Jason, Lettieri, Liliana, Boughman, Janette, 2016

Comment on "Illusions promote mating success in great bowerbirds"
Science, Borgia, Gerald, Coyle, Brian J., Keagy, Jason, 2012

Cognitive ability and the evolution of multiple behavioral display traits
Behavioral Ecology, Keagy, Jason, Savard, Jean-François, Borgia, Gerald, 2012

Aerobic capacity in wild satin bowerbirds: repeatability and effects of age, sex and condition
Journal of Experimental Biology, Chappell, M., Savard, J.-F., Siani, J., Coleman, S., Keagy, Jason, Borgia, G., 2011

Blue, not UV, plumage color is important in satin bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus display
Journal of Avian Biology, Savard, Jean François, Keagy, Jason, Borgia, Gerald, 2011