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Juan J. Villalba

Juan J.  Villalba

Ecology/Wildland Resources


Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 277
IconPhone: 435-797-2539


Research Interests
My 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. My approach is fundamentally empirical using the hypothetical deductive method. I am 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, my research has focused on exploring the ability of herbivores to self-select natural plant products and other protective substances to recuperate from illness. 

WILD 6900 - Natural Products from Plants and Animals Self-Medication: From Food Selection to Animal Health

Timothy Bateman - MS
Andrea Clemensen - PhD
Ashley Hansen - MS
Kristen Heroy - PhD
Sebastian Lagrange - PhD
Juan Montes - PhD
Casey Spackman - PhD
Matthew Stevenson - PhD
Clinton Stonecipher - PhD

BEHAVE: Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation, & Ecosystem Management

Curriculum Vitae