Author Archives: Daniel Kinka

About Daniel Kinka

Ph.D. student in Ecology. Amateur musician, brewer, and writer.

Guardian Dogs Make a Comeback in Mongolia?

Interesting article about Bankhar dogs in Mongolia Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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. 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! The film by Priya Shelly for National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase can … Continue reading

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New Guard Dog Research Poster

  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

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

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 … Continue reading

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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: USDA-WS-NWRC in collaboration with Utah State University did import livestock guard … Continue reading

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Research Update: Protecting Livestock from Predators

Bigger Dogs for Bigger Predators “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 02/16/2016 02:07 … Continue reading

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Another LGD Project Article

How do you keep a wolf away from your sheep? The right dog A nice update on the livestock guardian dog project from the Great Falls Tribune. Thanks!

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