I am Amanda Hyman, a PhD student in the Armsworth Lab at the University of Tennessee. I work at the intersection of conservation, human dimensions, and economics both in the USA and West Africa. My dissertation work focuses on the optimization of conservation efforts through time. My projects revolve around improving the efficiency and efficacy of conservation efforts through quantitative evaluation of climate change research and improved model specification of optimization and prioritization models. When I am not working, you can find me climbing, biking, and hiking!