Dr. Renata Rimsaite
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Water Markets Analyst

About Renata

Renata Rimsaite joined the National Drought Mitigation Center in July 2019 as a postdoctoral research associate with a specialization in natural resource and environmental economics and a focus on water market analysis. Renata is collaborating with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute on an interdisciplinary project seeking to better understand how the U.S. Drought Monitor and water markets, as well as other incentive-based water management techniques, can be used together for advancing water scarcity management policies for farmers.

Renata's prior research centered on the efficiency of the western U.S. water markets, including the assessment of welfare gains from transferring water rights between different sectors of the economy and the analysis of water managing institutions. Before joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she also analyzed forest ecosystem management policies and worked with stakeholders in different 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)