Dr. John Derek Morgan


Dr. John D. Morgan is the primary faculty for the new online GIS Master's program offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies. Morgan, who is an Assistant Professor, graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Geography.

For his dissertation he developed and tested “A Visual Time-Geographic Approach to Crime Mapping.” His research interests revolve around topics of geographic visualization including web map design, map usability studies, participatory GIS and the application of these techniques to public health and safety issues.

Specific research topics he is currently investigating are:

  • Mapping territorial tension for access to the ecosystem services of shoreline
  • Using spatially-informed Bayesian networks for criminal geographic profiling
  • How park landscapes (location, design & facilities) influence public perceptions of safety

Morgan’s findings have been published in Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice, Transactions in GIS and elsewhere. His current research projects are mapping property rights tension and perceptions of safety in public parks.

Before he joined UWF, Morgan spent four years as an Applied Research Software Designer at the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

He has won several awards for his work; most recently he was the faculty mentor for The Best Undergraduate Student Project of 2016 for the UWF Student Scholar Symposium and Faculty Research Showcase.

Morgan holds a M.S. in Management (Management Information Systems Track) and a B.A. in Economics, both from the University of Central Florida.

Degrees & Institutions:

PhD Geography from Florida State University; Master of Science in Management and Bachelors of Arts in Economics from University of Central Florida


  • A participatory mapping of the ways in which the developed shoreline is territorialized.
  • Using spatially-informed Bayesian networks for criminal geographic profiling
  • Mapping public perceptions of safety in city parks
  • Mapping food access and insecurity in Northwest Florida
  • Conceptual modeling of Web GIS architectures for pedagogical purposes
  • Hotspot mapping of bear fatality occurrence along Florida’s roadways

Current Courses:

  • Cartographic Skills
  • Special Topics in GIS

Classes Taught:

    • GIS Management
    • Communicating GIS
    • GIS Programming
    • Advanced Topics in GIS
    • Applications in GIS

Special Interests:

I just submitted an NSF Proposal entitled "RUI - Mapping Property Rights Tension along the Developed Shoreline" with two of my colleagues here at UWF as Co-PIs.


    Morgan, J.D. (2016). A User-centered Design for the Addition of Interactive Masking Capability within an existing Web GIS. Transactions in GIS. Wiley

    Morgan, J. D. & Steinberg, P.E. (2013). Testing the Usability of Time-Geographic Maps for Crime Mapping. In Leitner, M.L. (Eds.), Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies. Springer

    Morgan, J. D., Hutchins, M. W., Fox, J. F. & Rogers, K. L. (2012). A Methodological Framework focused on integrating GIS and BBN Data for Probabilistic Map Algebra Analysis. Extended Abstracts Volume, GIScience 2012, Columbus.

    Morgan, J. D. (2010). Testing the Usability of Time-Geographic Maps. Zurich, Switzerland. Extended Abstracts Volume, GIScience 2010, Zurich.

    Morgan, J. D. (2009). A Visual Time Geographic Approach to Crime Event Profiling. Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice Volume 1 Issue 2