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Joel Caton

Joel Caton








Joel Caton
Engberg Endowed Professor

Office: 185 Hultz Hall
Phone: (701) 231-7653


Research Interests:
Ruminant Nutrition, Digestive Physiology, and Developmental Programming with specific focus areas to include

1. Maternal Nutrition: A) Effects of nutrient supply during gestation on maternal, fetal, and postnatal outcomes.  Interests include various aspects of developmental programming on molecular, cellular, tissue, and whole animal responses with particular emphasis on nutrient transferring tissues and offspring production responses. B) Impacts of nutrient supply during the periconceptional period on embryonic, fetal, and postnatal outcomes.

2. Growth, development, and function of the gastrointestinal tract: Impacts on livestock production and health:  Research interests include understanding the effects of nutrition (including specific nutrients and therapeutics) on vascular growth and function, crypt cell proliferation, tissue energy (and other nutrient) use, and nutrient transfer to productive tissues. 

3. Protein metabolism:  Research interests include site and extent of digestion, microbial efficiency of protein synthesis, small intestinal protein supply, degradable and undegradable intake protein supplementation and use, nitrogen retention in products, and specific amino acid supply.

4. Forage utilization by ruminants: Evaluations of strategies that optimize forage use in ruminant livestock diets including estimating intake, digestion, rates of passage, extent of nutrient shedding into the environment, and first limiting nutrients for livestock production when grazing native rangelands.

5. Trace mineral metabolism.  Emphasis is currently placed on selenium and the impacts of supranutritional Se supplementation on developmental programming, metabolism, specific tissue growth and vascularization, and whole animal responses.

6. Strategic supplementation: Investigations into methods and approaches to strategically provide essential nutrients that are limiting during critical times of the livestock production cycle.

Sabbatical developmental leave, Focus area; Maternal Nutrition, Developmental Programming and Intestinal Responses: Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.-2009-10

ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program; Class 11: 2000-2001

Sabbatical developmental leave, Focus area; Protein Metabolism: University of Reading and Rowett Research Institute, UK. -1998-99

Post Doctoral, University of Missouri -1988

Ph.D., New Mexico State University -1987

M.S., University of Missouri, Columbia -1983

B.S., New Mexico State University -1981

Courses taught:

ANSC 323: Fundamentals of Nutrition (Current)

ANSC 470: Applied Nutrition, Co-Instructor (Past)

ANSC 497: Undergraduate Research Experience (Past)

ANSC 435/635 Nutrition Lab Methods (Past)

ANSC 730: Growth Biology, Co-Instructor (Past)

ANSC 736: Experimental Nutrition Methods (Past)

ANSC 774: Nitrogen Metabolism (Past)

ANSC 775: Vitamins and Minerals (Current)

ANSC 776: Digestive Physiology (Past)

ANSC 790: Graduate Seminar (Past)


Short CV and Recent Publications (pdf)


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