PhD Geography, University of California, Davis (in progress)
BS Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis
My work focuses on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology as a management and decision-making tool for public gardens. I developed a suite of open source tools and templates for implementing GIS projects at public gardens called the ArcGIS Public Garden Data Model. I am also the director of a consortium of living collection managers and GIS professionals called the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS, a group committed to making GIS technology more accessible and easier to use at public gardens. My current work as a Putnam Research Fellow involves creating a GIS for the Arnold Arboretum based on the ArcGIS Public Garden Data Model, and creating a web-based application for performing collections research.
- Burke, M. T. and B. J. Morgan. In Progress. Case Study: UC Davis Arboretum—Mapping is incremental. In Rakow, D. A. and S. A. Lee (Eds.) Public Garden Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
- Burke, M. T. and B. J. Morgan. 2009. Digital Mapping: Beyond Living Collection Curation. Public Garden 24(3). 2 p.
- Thorne, J. H., B. J. Morgan, and J. A. Kennedy. 2008. Vegetation Change Over Sixty Years in the Central Sierra Nevada, California, USA. Madroño 55(3). 15 p.
- Morgan, B. J., M. T. Burke, S. E. Greco. 2008. The ArcGIS Botanical Garden & Zoological Park Data Model. Proceedings of the 2008 ESRI International User Conference. Environmental Systems Research Institute, Redlands, CA. 8 p.
- Morgan, B. J. 2007. Collection Mapping & GIS for Landscape Management. Association of Zoological Horticulture Conference Proceedings. 4 p.
- Thorne, J. H., J. Honig, S. Thrasher, R. Kelsey, and B. J. Morgan. 2006. 1930s Extent of Oak Species in the Central Sierra Nevada. Proceedings of the 6th California Oak Symposium. US Forest Service, Sacramento, CA. 22 p.
- Thorne, J.H., B. J. Morgan, T. R. Kelsey, and J. A. Kennedy. 2006. Wieslander Vegetation Type Maps: A Digitizing Process Manual. Technical Report prepared for the Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service. University of California, Davis, CA. 56 p.
- Thorne, J.H. and B. J. Morgan. 2005. Developing historical vegetation maps to support modeling in California. California Energy Commission’s Second Annual Climate Change Conference, Sacramento, CA. 10 p.
- Morgan, B. J. and R. L. Thayer. 2002. Opportunities for Conservation in the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area: Land Acquisitions & Easements. Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area Conservation Partnership, Napa, CA. 18 p.
- 2009. “GIS Training for Museum Professionals”. 21st Century Museum Professionals, Institute of Museum & Library Services.
- 2009. “GIS for Tree Assessment”. Conservation Program Support, Institute of Museum & Library Services.
Recent Honors & Awards
- 2010. Special Achievement in GIS Award. Esri International User Conference, San Diego, CA
- 2010. Katherine H. Putnam Fellowship in Plant Science. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA
- 2006. Best Instructional Presentation. Esri International User Conference, San Diego, CA