We are highlighting our graduate students in the Graduate Student Spotlight series. Today you can meet Nathaniel Trull, a fourth-year student in the Applied Economics Ph.D. program originally from Brazil, Indiana. 

What is your area of research?

My current research focuses on irrigated agriculture, specifically looking at the effects of the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation on agricultural producers under increasing water scarcity. Previously, I have worked on research related to user-valuation of a public arboretum as well as the economics of energy-dedicated biofuels.

Why did you choose Oregon State University?

When researching PhD programs, I wanted to be a part of a department that had a strong PhD program, great researchers, and somewhere that I could study both environmental and agricultural topics. I found that here at OSU and that is what ultimately led me to apply.

What is your favorite thing about the Applied Economics department? 

My favorite thing about the department is the small size of the department. I enjoy being able to know many of the professors on a first-name basis and the informal nature of the department. The professors here are always more than happy to help graduate students with courses and research.

Full Interview is here