Mandy Kauffman joined WEST in August 2012 as a research biometrician . She holds B.S. degrees in (1) Fisheries & Wildlife and (2) Zoology from Michigan State University (2005) and M.S degrees in Agricultural and Applied Economics (2010) and Statistics (2013) from the University of Wyoming. Mandy has a diverse background in wildlife studies with several years of field, lab, and animal handling experience, ranging from live-trapping mammals, amphibians and birds to working as a veterinary technician to surveying for sensitive species to performing PCR. At WEST, Mandy works on a variety of projects including assessing impacts of disease management strategies on wildlife-livestock disease transmission risk, energy development impacts to sage grouse, lesser prairie chickens and other species, and modeling the effects of white-nose syndrome and wind projects on bat populations. Mandy’s specific areas of interest are risk assessment, epidemiology and human dimensions/economics at the human-domestic animal-wildlife interface, and spatial analysis and development of user interfaces and automated reporting in R.