Nicholas Potter

Nicholas Potter

water and natural resource economist

I am a PhD Candidate in Economics on the job market in 2021. Professor Michael Brady is my Chair. My research focuses on economic issues related to water, climate, and agriculture, primarily in arid regions. I am interested in water policy and institutions, the effects of decreasing snowpack on water supplies, and long term implications of changing water supplies in the western U.S. and globally. In my work I make use of spatial and administrative data, primarily working with R and python and using AWS instances and postgres + postgis where needed. I am currently a research assistant for professors Jonathan Yoder and Joseph Cook, where I work with parcel and water right data and help design and implement water market experiments using python and oTree.

I am a certified Software and Data Carpentries instructor and regularly teach workshops on research computing skills (e.g. Maine Medical Center, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute). My teaching approach is informed by this experience – I make my classes as experiential as possible and offer frequent opportunities for students to provide feedback. This approach garnered high student evaluations for a microeconomics to a class of almost 200 students that I taught in Fall 2018.

Please contact me at potter.nicholas@gmail.com.