Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

Research Associate

Geography Graduate Group
133 Hunt Hall
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616


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.

Recent Publications

  • 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.

Current Grants

  • 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