Elisabeth Gilmore is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a research affiliate at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) and a research fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).
Her research focuses on three related streams: 1) Quantifying the costs and impacts of climate change across a range of sectors, including electricity, human health, and civil conflict; 2) Integrating low carbon energy technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR) and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) into existing systems and markets; and 3) Applying data and modeling tools, specifically integrated assessment and air quality models, for decision-making and regulatory analysis.
Presently, she is lead PI on two funded projects: 1) a UMD ADVANCE interdisciplinary and engaged research seed grant (2013) on the macroeconomic costs of human health effects from climate change; and 2) a Department of Defense, Minerva Research Initiative award on modeling civil conflict under different climate change scenarios (2013 – 2016).
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she held an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted in the Climate Science and Impacts Branch at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was involved with the ongoing EPA efforts to develop a methodology to provide policy-relevant analysis about the US domestic benefits and risks from different climate change scenarios. She has also looked at residential energy efficiency decision-making as a postdoctoral fellow in the Climate Decision Making Center at CMU, on the economics of alternative fuel/powertrains for passenger vehicles as a consultant for the Carnegie Bosch Institute and on natural resources and civil conflict as a researcher at PRIO.
She earned a dual PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In her PhD dissertation, she evaluated the costs, air quality and human health effects of different applications for distributed electricity generation. Specifically, she employed comprehensive air quality models to develop bottom-up site specific economic estimates of the human health damages and then used these values in benefit-cost analysis frameworks. She received funding for her doctoral work from the EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship, the Link Energy Foundation, the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists. Her thesis work was also awarded 1st place at the doctoral level at the Air and Waste Management Association Conference (2007) and best doctoral-level presentation at the Technology, Management and Policy Graduate Consortium Annual Meeting (2006). She also holds a B.A.Sc and M.A.Sc in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.