I am Amanda Hyman, a postdoc in the Mims Lab at Virginia Tech. I work at the intersection of conservation, human dimensions, and economics both in the USA and West Africa. I currently work on a species vulnerability project, while my dissertation work focused 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!