Nicholas Potter

Nicholas Potter

Research Agricultural Economist


Nicholas Potter is a research agricultural economist in the Conservation and Environment Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service. His research focuses on water and climate implications for agriculture.


Nicholas joined ERS in June 2021. Prior to joining ERS, he was a research assistant on an interdisciplinary project at Washington State University examining the interaction between climate, water supplies, and water markets. His research interests include Bayesian analysis, causal inference, and spatial economic analysis applied to the economics of climate, water, and agriculture. He is also a certified Software Carpentries instructor and has taught a number of workshops on research computing skills using git, python, and R.


Nicholas holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, and a B.A. in Economics from Hampshire College.