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


Sensory environment affects Icelandic threespine stickleback’s anti-predator escape behaviour
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Ålund, Murielle, Harper, Brooke, Kjærnested, Sigurlaug, Ohl, Julian E., Phillips, John G., Sattler, Jessica, Thompson, Jared, Varg, Javier E., Wargenau, Sven, Boughman, Janette W., Keagy, Jason, 2022

Behavior-related gene regulatory networks: A new level of organization in the brain
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

Sex differences in cognition and their relationship to male mate choice
Current Zoology, Keagy, Jason, Minter, Ross, Tinghitella, Robin, 2019

A major player need not be the only player in speciation: A response to comments on Tinghitella et al.
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

On the role of male competition in speciation: A review and research agenda
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

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 M., Trapp, Rebecca, Keagy, Jason, 2018

Sexual selection promotes ecological speciation in digital organisms, Canino-Koning, Rosangela, Keagy, Jason, Ofria, Charles, 2017

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

Sexual Selection and Speciation, Boughman, Janette, Keagy, Jason, Weigel, Emily, 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 Cendes, Borgia, Gerald, 2016

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