Hidden Wolves and Apathetic Bears: Effect of Livestock Guard Dogs on Carnivore Detectability

Here is the poster I am presenting today at the Ecological Society of America‘s conference in Portland, OR. Use the link below to download a PDF.

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Guardian Dogs Make a Comeback in Mongolia?

Interesting article about Bankhar dogs in Mongolia by Tim Ferry:
Guardian Dogs Conserve Ecology of Mongolian Steppes

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Photo from Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project

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The Science of Beer

A clean, well-lit taproom just off the beaten path in Salt Lake City, UT. Behind the bar, the words “Uinta Brewing Co.” are carved neatly into the blonde-colored wood, just below the mountains that bare the same name. It’s early, but members of the American Homebrewers Association have gathered here to learn from each other how to improve their craft – the craft of making beer. I went there with a simple question: How do you make beer?

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Listen to my latest feature for Utah Public Radio here: http://upr.org/post/science-beer

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Getting the band back together

Me and the guys from my high school band, Bar*Code, just recorded a music video for our cover of Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So, all recorded and produced remotely from three different time zones.

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Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fanfon.ha%2Fvideos%2F10105289532356608%2F&show_text=0&width=560

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How to live with coyotes

This new short film spotlights the challenges and hopes for living with coyotes with a nice nod to my boss, the coyote research facility, and, of course, guard dogs!

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/researching-how-to-live-with-coyotes

The film by Priya Shelly for National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase can also be found here.

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New Guard Dog Research Poster

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Poster presented at The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC on October 18, 2016.

PDF Download –> LGDposter_DKinka_TWS16

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Out of Thin Air

The complicated process of using sunlight to convert Nitrogen (N2) into Ammonia (NH3) using nanorods. Credit Al Hicks / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The complicated process of using sunlight to convert Nitrogen (N2) into Ammonia (NH3) using nanorods.
Credit Al Hicks / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Check out my latest feature for Utah Public Radio on new science that could make NH3 production much more sustainable: Out of Thin Air: Making Fertilizer with Sunlight

 

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No Laughing Matter

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A recent article by Michael Marlow (USDA-Wildlife Services) published by the Wildlife Society provides a nice history of the use of Livestock Guardian Dogs in the United States and a brief summary of our ongoing research project. You can find the article at the following link: No Laughing Matter — from The Wildlife Professional

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On the Trail with Turkey’s Wolf-Fighting Dogs

A new article in Outside magazine about Kangal dogs mentions the USDA-WS-NWRC Livestock Guard Dog Research Project. I’m thankful for the press, but they got a couple things wrong:

  1. USDA-WS-NWRC in collaboration with Utah State University did import livestock guard dogs from Turkey for use in the research project, but the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are not involved in the project.
  2. We do not breed guard dogs as part of the research project. In fact, protocol is to have them spayed/neutered when they are about 1 year or age.

You can read the article here: On the Trail with Turkey’s Wolf Fighting Dogs

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Research Update: Protecting Livestock from Predators

Bigger Dogs for Bigger Predators

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“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

Posted by Gail Keirn, APHIS Legislative and Public Affairs, 970-266-6007

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