Derrick B Taff 

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

701H 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

Improving understanding of communication strategies aimed at influencing human and environmental health regarding protected areas

Communication strategies regarding Leave No Trace-based (LNT) behaviors

Nature-based recreation/leisure engagement for the health of protected area visitors and military service member populations

Human well-being as it pertains to natural sounds

Selected Publications

Taff, B. D., Hodge, C., Layland, E., Costigan, H., & Gorske, J. (2017). Music at the monument: Research informing a Healthy Parks Healthy People Event. The George Wright Forum, 33(1), 73-85.

Lawhon, B., Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Vagias, W. M., & Newton, J. N. (2017). Understanding and influencing state park visitors’ Leave No Trace behavioral intent. Journal of Interpretation Research, 22(1), 53-74.

Taff, B. D., Dattilo, J., Davis, K. D., & Moeller, J. D. (2016). Leisure perceptions of OEF/OIF combat veterans. Journal of Leisure Research, 48(4), 265–284.

Schwartz, F., Taff, B. D., Pettebone, D., & Lawhon, B. (2016). Boulderers’ attitudes and perceptions of Leave No Trace in Rocky Mountain National Park. International Journal of Wilderness, 22(3), 25–32.

Taff, B. D., Benfield, J. A., & Newman, P. (2016). Promoting appropriate national parks for our service members: A call for new research. In D. Dustin, K. Bricker, S. Negley, M. Brownlee, K. Schwab, & N. Lundberg (Eds), This land is your land: Toward a better understanding of nature’s resiliency-building and restorative power for armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families (pp. 161–169). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.

Abbott, L. A., Taff, B. D., Newman, P., Benfield, J. A., & Mowen, A. J. (2016). Influence of natural sounds on restoration. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34(3), 5–15.

Taff, B. D., Weinzimmer, D., & Newman, P. (2015). Mountaineers’ wilderness experience in Denali National Park and Preserve. International Journal of Wilderness, 21(2), 7–15.

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.

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, 30, 37–46.

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.

Courses Taught

RPTM 415 Commercial Recreation Management

RPTM 540 Public and Private Recreation Lands and Waters