Derrick  Taff 

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Research Associate/Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

701 H Donald H. Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
M.A., American Studies, University of Alabama
B.A., Wilderness Recreation, University of Alabama

Research Interests

Visitor-use management in parks and protected areas, perceptions of soundscapes, Leave No Trace practices, crowding, alternative transportation, information sources, and the role of natural sounds on human health

Selected Publications

Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Vagias, W. M., Lawhon, B. (In Review). Comparing day-users’ and overnight visitors’ attitudes concerning Leave No Trace. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership

Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Lawson, S. R., Marin, L. D., Gibson, A. W., Archie, T., & Bright, A. (In Review). The role of messaging and acceptability of military aircraft sounds in Sequoia National Park. Applied Acoustics.

Lawhon, B., Newman., P., Taff., B. D., Vaske, J. J., Vagias, W. M., Bright, A., Lawson, S. R., Monz, C. (In Press). Factors Influencing Behavioral Intentions for Leave No Trace behavior in Rocky Mountain National Park. Journal of Interpretation Research.

D’Antonio, A., Monz, C., Lawson, S., Newman, P., & Taff, B. D. (In Press) Enhancing the utility of visitor impact assessment in parks and protected areas: A combined social-ecological approach. Environmental Management.

Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Pettebone, D., White, D. D., Lawson, S. R., Monz, C., & Vagias, W. M. (2013). Dimensions of alternative transportation experience in Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Journal of Transport Geography, 37 – 46. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.02.010

Benfield, J. A., Nurse, G. A., Jakubowski, R., Gibson, A., Taff, B. D., Newman, P., & Bell, P. A. (2012). Testing noise in the field: A brief measure of individual noise sensitivity. Environment and Behavior. Doi: 10.1177/0013916512454430.

D’Antonio, A., Monz, C., Newman, P., Lawson, S., & Taff, D. (2012). The effects of local ecological knowledge, minimum-impact knowledge, and prior experience on visitor perceptions of the ecological impacts of backcountry recreation. Environmental Management, 50(4), 542 – 554.

Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Bright, A., & Vagias, W. (2011). Day-user beliefs regarding Leave No Trace in Rocky Mountain National Park. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 3(2), 112 – 115.

Curriculum Vitae

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