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Juan Villalba

Juan Villalba

Wildland Resources

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 277
IconPhone: (435) 797-2539
IconEmail: juan.villalba@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, Range Science, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1996
MS, Plant Production, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina, 1991
BS, Biochemistry, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina, 1985

Emphasis

Mechanisms influencing food selection and intake in herbivores, in order to create more efficient alternatives for managing animals and the landscapes they inhabit

Biography

Dr. Villalba's research focuses on understanding mechanisms influencing food selection and intake in herbivores, in order to create more efficient alternatives for managing animals and the landscapes they inhabit. His approach is fundamentally empirical using the hypothetical deductive method. He is interested in principles that underlie foraging behavior with the aim of obtaining reliable knowledge on the plant species, parts, and chemicals a herbivore selects while grazing, as well as why, how, and when specific foods are ingested. More recently, his research has focused on exploring the ability of herbivores to self-select natural plant products and other protective substances to recuperate from illness.