Dr. Morgan Edwards is a University of Maryland President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Center for Global Sustainability and an affiliated fellow at the Joint Global Change Research Institute. Her research addresses challenges in deeply decarbonizing the energy system from an interdisciplinary perspective. She focuses on energy sources whose impacts vary significantly across space and over time, including natural gas pipelines, coal power plants, and bioenergy systems. Her work combines integrated modeling, data science, and qualitative analysis to develop tools that capture the dynamics of technology impacts and support local energy and climate policy. Current projects focus on fixing leaks in natural gas distribution systems, accelerating the phase-out of coal power plants, and quantifying emissions reductions from sub-national climate action in the United States. Morgan received her Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), her S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT, and her B.S. in Environmental Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Coal’s emissions shadow: meeting climate goals requires cancelling all proposed coal power plants and accelerating the retirement of existing fleets