Morton’s research interests center on development patterns, urban and regional air pollution, and transportation. His specialization is the study of the influence of development patterns on daily travel, especially in America’s small communities and rural areas. He builds simulation models that predict how changes in a region’s development patterns, economic structure and transportation system affect traffic volumes, transportation-related air pollutant emissions and air quality.
Morton recently received a $649,995 grant from the Transportation Research Board to study the impacts of land use strategies on travel behavior in small communities and rural areas. For three representative case studies, his research team is developing simulation models that will estimate the potential benefits of mixed-use compact development.
Over the past 20 years, Morton has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund and several consulting firms. He holds the Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Berkeley.