Joe Morgan

Department Head and Associate Professor of Geography

Office: 206 Martin Hall
Telephone: (256) 782-5813
Fax Number: (256) 782-5336

Mailing Address:
Chemistry and Geosciences
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265


PhD: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 2007 (Geography and Geographic Information Science)

MA: University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Masters in Applied Geography)

BA: University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Geography and Political Science)

Research Interests:

My interests broadly span a cross section of issues concerned with concepts of social justice and political ecology. The focus ranges from social inequities in policy and planning to loss of privacy as it relates to advances in location based technology and the subsequent collection and use of personal data in the recent political climate. The primary focus is the impact that the growth and democratization of spatial technologies has on the perceptions of privacy in contemporary society. I am attempting to evaluate the commodification of spatial data as it relates to privacy concerns of technology consumers. Of particular interest is how the use of geospatial technological such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), location based services (LBS), and other spatially aware technologies have led to a significant increase in the collection and use of personally identifiable spatial data.

I worked with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement and Sherubtse College to establish a GIS pilot project for Thimphu City, the capital city of Bhutan. He has been involved with the development of internships between the Bhutanese Government and The Department of Geography to create a trained workforce for GIS applications.

As a Fulbright Scholar (2011) to South Asia, working specifically with Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded India, Maharashtra. This time was spend teaching GIS and spatial analysis at SRTMU and working with Graduate students on the implementation of GIS in their research. I had the opportunity to travel extensively and make numerous presentations at different academic facilities.

I am also the recipient of the Oman Alwaleed Bin Talal Fellowship 2015. This is a cultural and educational exchange experience for Model Arab League Advisers. Sponsored by the National Council on U.S. – Arab Relations (NCUSAR).

  • Harding, V., Camp, J., Morgan L.J. and Gryko, J. (2016) Oil Residue Contamination of Continental Shelf Sediments of the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Pii:S0025-326X(16)30596-3
  • Steffy, D., Nichols, A., and Morgan J. (2016) Investigating the Impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Trace Metal Concentrations in Bottom Sediments Retrieved from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of Alabama and Western Florida, Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Marine Science. Journal of Advanced Earth Science and Engineering. Volume 5 Issue 2 pp. 430-442. Article ID Sci-452 ISSN: 2320-3609
  • Oyana, T., Garcia, S., Hawthorne, T., Morgan, L.J., and Young, N. (2015). Nurturing Diversity in STEM Field s through Geography: The Past, The Present and The Future. Http:// Journal of STEM Education. 16:2 May-July 2015.
  • Morgan, L.J. and Klimasewski, T. (2015) Pigskin Power Region: Dominance of Southern Collegiate Football. Southeastern Geographer, Chapel Hill, NC. 8/15/2014. Southeastern Geographer. Vol. 55, No. 2. Summer 2015. ISSN 0038-366X
  • Nichols, A.C., Steffy, D., Morgan, L.J., and Gardner, S. 2014. Concentrations of metals associated with crude oil from the BP Macondo Spill in Fish Collected from the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico across a four-year-period. The Toxicologist / Oxford University Press: Reston, VA.
  • Steffy, D. A., Nichols, A. C., Morgan, L. J., Gibbs, R. (2014). Evidence that the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Caused a Change in the Vanadium and Nickel Average Seasonal Concentrations Occurring in Sea Bottom Sediment Collected from the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf between the Years 2009 and 2011. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 224(224:1756), 11. DOI10.1007/s11270-013-1756-1
  • Morgan, L.J. and Park H. (2013) Micro-Stratification: Analysis of urban residential structure using a social stress index derived from U.S. Census block level data. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 84(1).
  • Morgan, L.J. (2012) Gated Communities: Institutionalizing Social Stratification. Geographical Bulletin. May 2013. 54(1)
  • Book Review, in Nationality Papers, 2005 33(1): 143-144. Book Review. Diba, B. A. (2003) "The Caspian Sea in the Twenty-First Century," MD, Ibex.
  • Price, M. (2008-09) "Mastering ArcGIS" 4th & 5th ed. McGraw Hill, 2008 Reveiwer
  • Morgan, L.J. (2009) "Attitudes Towards Spatial Privacy" VDM Publishers. Saarbruken, Germany, ISBN (978-3-639-16528-9)
Joe Morgan

Favorite Quote:

"When you talk, you are only repeating something you know; when you listen, you learn something new.” The Dalai Lama