Renata Rimsaite joined the National Drought Mitigation Center in July 2019 as a postdoctoral research associate with a specialization in agricultural and environmental economics and a focus on water market analysis. Renata's appointment is joint with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and centers around managing an economic analysis program with an objective to improve drought and water management policies. She enjoys analyzing water markets and other incentive-based water management techniques as a response to the impacts of climate change and seeks to provide practical solutions to various stakeholders concerned about water management issues.
Renata's prior research focused on the efficiency of the western U.S. water markets, including analyzing welfare gains from transferring water rights between different sectors of the economy and assessing water managing institutions. Before joining the NDMC, she also examined forest ecosystem management policies and worked with stakeholders in various extension and outreach projects as a postdoctoral scholar at the Pennsylvania State University.
- Ph.D. – Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics (2017)
- B.S. – Frostburg State University, Economics (2011)
- B.A. – Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), Law (2007)