Mandy Kauffman joined WEST in August 2012 as a research biometrician. She holds B.S. degrees in 1) Fisheries and 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.