Morgan grew up on a dairy farm in Canterbury and shifted to Nelson in 2012. He has degrees in ecology from the universities of Canterbury (BSc and MSc) and Bath (PhD), and an honorary doctorate in natural resources from Lincoln University.
Morgan has held research, policy and leadership positions for high profile organisations throughout the South Pacific, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (21 years), and as New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (10 years).
He chairs the World Wide Fund for Nature in New Zealand, and holds several other trustee and advisory positions for various environment-focused organisations. Morgan has a great interest in how people think about the natural world and thus influence the political, social and economic management of the natural capital we all depend on.
Morgan's wife, Pam, is also a Trustee of Cawthron Institute.