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John Nay

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John Jacob Nay

John Jacob Nay

Office: Jacobs 270

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 804-338-7813
Fax: 615-322-7012

 

 

 

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Title

Ph.D. Student, Integrated Computational Decision Science
Fellow, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment

Education

M.S., Vanderbilt University, 2013
B.A. with High Distinction, University of Virginia, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Policy Assistant, AnnDyl Policy Group LLC, Energy and Environmental Policy Strategy Firm, Washington, D.C.
  • Research Assistant, National Home Performance Council, Energy Efficiency Non-Profit Organization, Washington, D.C.
  • Congressional Intern, Office of the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Research Interests

Research at the intersection of agent-based simulation, machine learning and behavioral game theory, with direct applications to environmental management.

  • Creating agent-based computational models of decision-making under social and environmental uncertainty.
  • Creating predictive behavioral game-theoretic models with data from economic decision experiments.
  • Applying econometrics and statistical learning techniques to investigate effects of weather on economic and agricultural outcomes.
  • Developing decision-support simulations for policy and management application in complex systems with "deep uncertainties."

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Fellowship
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Senator John Warner Public Leadership Research Grant
  • Z Society Sullivan Research Grant
  • Raven Society Research Fellow, 2011-2012

Publications

Nay, J., Abkowitz, M., Chu, E., Gallagher, D., Wright, H., (2014), “A review of decision-support models for adaptation to climate change in the context of development.” Climate and Development.

Presentations

Jacobi, J., Gilligan, J., Nay, J. (2013), “The Influence of Seasonal Forecast Accuracy on Farmer Behavior: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach.” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

*Nay, J., Ackerly, B., Gilligan, J., Goodbred, S. (2013), “Understanding Coastal Social-Ecological Systems: An Integrated Social, Environmental, and Engineering Perspective.” International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nay, J., Abkowitz, M. (2013), “Employing a Systems Approach to Mainstreaming Community-Based Adaptation into National and Local Planning.” 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

*Nay, J., Abkowitz, M. (2013), “Integrative Systems Analysis Tools to Inform Climate Adaptation.” Vanderbilt University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Seminar Series, Nashville, Tennessee.

Nay, J., Ackerly, B. (2013), “Conflicting Narratives of Bangladeshi Migration into India: Climate Refugees or Terrorists?”, International Bangladesh Development Initiative Conference, Berkeley, California.

Nay, J. (2012), “Bangladeshi Insights for the Politically Feasible U.S. Climate Policy.” University of Virginia Research Network 12th Annual Research Symposium, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Nay, J. (2012), “Sustainability Assessment of the University of Virginia School of Architecture: Lessons Learned.” 23rd Annual Environment Virginia Symposium, Lexington, Virginia.

(* invited presentations)

Working Papers

Nay, J. "Integrating agent-based simulation, behavioral game theory and machine learning to predict dynamic strategic decisions"

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