Derek  Morgan, PhD

Derek Morgan, PhD

University of West Florida

Assistant Professor


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 Associate 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

Dr. John D. Morgan is an urban environmental geographer who uses state-of-the-art geospatial methodologies to study how humans navigate changing environments in public space. This work involves three interrelated strains of work that focus on (1) developing spatial tools for safer communities, (2) participatory mapping of ecosystem services that considers local cultural attachment to place, and (3) innovative spatial modeling that informs land use planning, risk assessment and decision making.

Current Courses:
GIS Management
Communicating GIS
Classes Taught:
Cartographic Skills
GIS Management
Communicating GIS
GIS Programming
Advanced Topics in GIS
Applications in GIS

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