Johnathon de Villier is a research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformation program, with a focus on transactive energy, blockchain, and other emerging technologies. De Villier has experience working with New York utilities to navigate changing technological and regulatory landscapes under the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, and has explored the role of distributed energy resources and microgrids as part of an efficient and resilient grid system. A published biologist, de Villier’s experience in research, policy analysis, and the power sector rest on a strong foundation of scientific training. Prior to joining Navigant Research, de Villier worked as a biological field research technician for the United States Department of Agriculture, where he studied the effects of wildfires, climate change, and insect pests on the health and recovery of Western forests. He holds a MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University and a BA in biology and the classics from Bowdoin College.