Molly Morgan is an archaeologist researching sites on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala that date back some 3,000 years. Her research goals include building multidisciplinary datasets through which to better understand issues such as initial sedentism, emergent agriculture, ecological transition, early complex social organization, and processes of political regionalization. Her work falls into environmental archaeology and social archaeology. She became a student of Mesoamerican archaeology in 2001, and has since worked in such areas as the Formative Pacific Coast, as well as the Preclassic Maya Lowlands, Classic Maya sites in Guatemala and Belize, as well as an Early Postclassic site in northwestern Belize. She earned her doctorate at Vanderbilt University and was a Fulbright scholar. More recently she was awarded funding through the National Science Foundation to analyze sediments collected from a coastal lagoon in Pacific Guatemala, through which to draw interpretations regarding environmental transitions and human ecology over the last 7,000 years.