Dr. John Derek Morgan

  • Position:  Assistant Professor
  • Department:  Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Office Location:  Building 13, Room 323
  • Campus: 8504742224


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.

Morgan has over fifteen years of professional information technology experience (including GIS). 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.

Degrees & Institutions:

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


Morgan’s research focuses on the visual/cartographic/exploratory methods of GIScience (aka geographic visualization). Specifically, his work has focused on the design and implementation of map usability studies, participatory mapping as an assessment of place experience/perception, and web mapping as situated within a cyberGIS infrastructure. His work as had practical applications to topics within the domain of public safety, health, legal geography and urban planning.  

Current Courses:

  • GIS Management
  • Communicating GIS

Classes Taught:

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


    Recent Publications

    Evans, J., Evans, S. Z., Morgan, J. D., Snyder, J.A. & Abderhalden, F.P. (accepted). Evaluating the Quality of Mid-Sized City Parks: A Replication and Extension of the Public Space Index. Journal of Urban Design. Taylor & Francis; h-index: 31

    Eslinger, R. & Morgan, J. D. (2017). Spatial Cluster Analysis of High Density Vehicle-Bear Collisions and Bridge Locations. Papers in Applied Geography. Taylor & Francis

    Morgan, J. D. (2016). A User-centered Design for the Addition of Interactive Masking Capability within an existing Web GIS. Transactions in GIS. Wiley; Impact Factor: 2.252

    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


    Recent Presentations

    Alibasic, H., Morgan, J. D., Douthat, T. H., & Grant, A. “Urban form and Residential Housing Efficiency: Creating a Parametric and a Causal Model of Building”. Southern Political Science Association (SPSA), New Orleans. 5 January, 2018

    Morgan, J. D. Coffey, J. W. & Eddy, B. P. “A Pilot Study in Concept Map-based Knowledge Modeling”. Seven Hills Regional User Group for GIS (SHRUG), Tallahassee. 8 November, 2017

    Morgan, J. D., Evans, J., Evans, S. Z., & Snyder, J.A. “Mapping Perceptions of Safety in City Parks”. North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Montreal, Canada

    Morgan, J. D. Coffey, J. W. & Eddy, B. P. “Concept mapping Web GIS”. Northwest Florida GIS Users Group Spring 2017 Meeting. Destin, FL

    Morgan, J. D. “Mapping Perceptions of Safety in City Parks”. 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association. July 2017 (accepted abstract, unable to attend to present)