Peter  Newman 

photo of Peter Newman

Department Head/Professor

Contact Information

801 G Donald H. Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Vermont
M.S. Forest Resource Management, SUNY ESF - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
B.A. Political Science, University of Rochester

Research Interests

Visitor management to protected areas

Soundscape/acoustic management in parks

Transportation management and planning

Efficacy and communication of "leave no trace" principles

Selected Publications

Kidd, A., D'Antonio, A., Monz, C., Heaslip, K., Taff, B. D., & Newman, P. (In Press) GPS-based classification of visitors' vehicular behavior in a protected area setting. Submitted to Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Schwartz, F., Taff, B. D., Lawhon, B., Hodge, C., Newman, P., & Will, E. (2018). Will they leave what they find? The efficacy of a Leave No Trace education program for youth. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 1-11.

Taff, B. D., *Costigan, H., Newman, P., Mowen, A., Smyth, J. M., & Newman, S. B. (2017). Civil War Buff, to Just Buff: Examining Communication Strategies to Influence Physical Activity Behaviors in Gettysburg National Military Park. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health, 1, 81-102.

Newton, J. N., Newman, P., Taff, B. D., D'Antonio, A., & Monz, C. (2017). Spatial temporal dynamics of vehicle stopping behavior along a rustic park road. Applied Geography, 88, 94-103.

Lawson, S. R., Newman, P., & Monz, C. (2017). A systems-based approach to address unintended consequences of demand-driven transportation planning in national parks and public lands. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 11(2), 98-108.

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. Submitted to Journal of Interpretation Research, Volume 22 (1)

Francis, C. D., Newman, P., Taff, B. D., White, C., Monz, C. A., Levenhagen, M., . . . Burson, S. (2017). Acoustic environments matter: Synergistic benefits to humans and ecological communities. Journal of Environmental Management, 203, 245-254

*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.

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.

Courses Taught

RPTM 470 Recreation and Park Management