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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Nicholas Potter
Curriculum Vitae

 

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Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University, expected May 2021.
    • Committee: Michael Brady, Jonathan Yoder, Joseph Cook.
    • Dissertation: Three Essays in Water and Resource Economics.
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics, University of Massachusetts — Amherst, 2005.
  • B.A. Economics, Hampshire College, 2002.

Research Interests

  • Climate, Water, and Agricultural Economics. Spatial econometrics.

Working Papers

  • “Climate Effects on Snowpack-Driven Irrigated Agriculture” with Michael Brady and Kirti Rajagopalan.
  • “On the Frontier of Water Rights: The economics of forfeiture” with Jonathan Yoder.
  • “Institutional effects on the relationship between drought and conflict” with Joseph Cook.

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • “Reproducible geoprocessing of agricultural, climate, and land use data at scale with R.” Presentation at The Workshop in Environmental Economics and Data Science (TWEEDS), Online 2020.
  • “Climate and irrigated agriculture: Evidence from cash rents.” 2020. Online Summer Workshop in Environment, Energy, and Transportation (OSWEET), Online 2020.
  • “Do property rights institutions mitigate drought-induced conict?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Online 2020. Coauthor: Joseph Cook.
  • “Limitations on water rights in the West: The economic logic of forfeiture.”  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, Online 2020. Coauthor: Jonathan Yoder.
  • “On the Frontier of Water Rights: Beneficial Use and Relinquishment in Settling the Columbia River Basin.” Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Universities Council on Water Resources, Snowbird, UT. 2019.
  • “Climate Impacts on Agricultural Productivity in the Fruitful Rim.” Presentation at the 9th Annual Northwest Climate Conference, Boise, ID. 2018.
  • “Using Climate Analogues to Obtain a Causal Estimate of the Impact of Climate on Agricultural Productivity.” 2018. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Washington, D.C. 2018. Coauthors: Michael Brady and Kirti Rajagopalan.

Professional Talks and Workshops

  • “On the Frontier of Water Rights: Beneficial Use and Relinquishment in the Wild West and Now.” Environmental Economics Lunch, Washington State University, April 2019.
  • “A Bayesian Model of Crop Choice using STAN.” R Working Group. Washington State University, November 2018.
  • “Can Crop Switching Mitigate the Effect of Climate on Agricultural Productivity in the Fruitful Rim?” School of Economic Sciences Seminar. Washington State University, October 2018.
  • “Hierarchical Regression Modeling with STAN.” R Working Group. Washington State University, February 2018.

Research Experience

  • PhD Research Assistant, Water for Agriculture Project, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, 2019-present.
  • PhD Research Assistant, Farmer Participation in Conservation Programs Project, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, 2017-2018.
  • PhD Research Assistant, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, 2016-2017.
  • Research Associate, Measure 2 Manage, Washington State University, 2012-2015.
  • Research Assistant, Moving to Opportunity Project, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2011-2012.
  • Research Scientist, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico, 2006-2008.

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor — Washington State University (Evaluation Median: 4.2/5.0)
    • EconS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics, 211 students, Fall 2018
  • Instructor — Software and Data Carpentry
    • The Unix Shell and Version Control with Git, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, Fall 2019
    • Version Control with Git and R for Reproducible Research, Maine Medical Center, Spring 2019
    • The Unix Shell, Version Control with Git, Data Analysis and Visualization with R, and R for Reproducible Research, Washington State University, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

Software

Professional Activities

  • President, School of Economic Sciences Graduate Student Association,  2018-2019.
  • Vice-President, School of Economic Sciences Graduate Student Association,  2017-2018.
  • Abstract Reviewer, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Conference, 2017, 2018.

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2018 Stan Statistical Modeling Conference (StanCon) Student Scholarship.
  • 2017-2018 Tesfaye Girma Deboch Graduate Fellowship, Washington State University.

Skills

R, Python, SQL, PostGIS, Latex, Stata.

 

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