Derrick  Taff 

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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, communication and information sources, and the role of natural sounds on human health.
I am currently researching visitor use issues in Grand Teton National Park, and co-managing the Penn State Social Science Acoustics lab, examining the role of nature and leisure on the restorative health of veterans, and evaluating the restorative effects of natural sounds on stress.

Selected Publications

Taff, B. D., Weinzimmer, D., & Newman, P. (In Press). Mountaineers’ wilderness experience in Denali National Park and Preserve. International Journal of Wilderness.

Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Vagias, W. M., & Lawhon, B. (2014). Comparing day-users’ and overnight visitors’ attitudes concerning leave no trace. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 6(2), 133–146.

Benfield, J.A., Taff, B.D., Newman, P., & Smyth, J. (2014). Natural sound facilitates mood recovery from stress. Ecopsychology 6(3), 183 – 188, DOI: 10.1089/eco.2014.0028

Weinzimmer, D., Newman, P., Taff, B. D., Benfield, J., Lynch, E., & Bell, P. (2014). Human responses to simulated motorized noise in national parks. Leisure Sciences 36(3), 251 – 267, DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2014.888022

Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Lawson, S. R., Marin, L. D., Gibson, A. W., Archie, T., & Bright, A. (2013). The role of messaging and acceptability of military aircraft sounds in Sequoia National Park. Applied Acoustics, 84, 122 – 128.

Lawhon, B., Newman, P., Taff, B. D., Vaske, J. J., Vagias, W. M., Bright, A., Lawson, S. R., & Monz, C. (2013). Factors influencing behavioral intentions for Leave No Trace behavior in Rocky Mountain National Park. Journal of Interpretation Research 18(1), 24 – 38.

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

Curriculum Vitae

Derrick Taff vitae