Heather Morrison was awarded a fellowship of $30,000 to support her work on a book that will focus on the failure of a botanical expedition that left Vienna for the United States in 1783. The fellowship expanded on the research done by Morrison through her grant awarded by the BIAAS in 2011, which trips to Harvard Research library at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. and the Austrian National Library and the State Archives in Vienna. Through the fellowship, Morrison was able to not only complete a draft of her monograph, The Emperor’s New Plants, but also completed two articles as well as attend a number of conferences and workshops where she presented her findings.
Heather Morrison received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2005. She has worked as an assistant professor of Early Modern History at State University of New York at New Paltz since 2006.