Derrick Taff

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Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

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My research strives to improve understanding of communication strategies aimed at influencing human and environmental health regarding protected areas. I have established three focal domains that advance this line of research, including: 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, and human well-being as it pertains to natural sounds.

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Recent Publications

Visitors’ attitudes and behavioral intentions toward Leave No Trace on a national forest

Coulson, E., Park, L., Lawhon, B., Taff, D., Vagias, W. & Newman, P., 2021, In: Applied Environmental Education and Communication. 20, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

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Erratum: The phantom Chorus: Birdsong boosts human well-being in protected areas (Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2020) 287 (20201811) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1811)

Ferraro, D. M., Miller, Z. D., Ferguson, L. A., Taff, B. D., Barber, J. R., Newman, P. & Francis, C. D., Jan 27 2021, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1943, 20210037.

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Acceptability factors for wildlife approach in park and protected area settings

Freeman, S., Taff, B. D., Miller, Z. D., Benfield, J. A. & Newman, P., May 15 2021, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 286, 112276.

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Mutualism Wildlife Value Orientations Predict Support for Messages About Distance-Related Wildlife Conflict

Freeman, S., Taff, B. D., Miller, Z. D., Benfield, J. A. & Newman, P., May 2021, In: Environmental Management. 67, 5, p. 920-929 10 p.

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Ecosystem services enhanced through soundscape management link people and wildlife

Levenhagen, M. J., Miller, Z. D., Petrelli, A. R., Ferguson, L. A., Shr, Y. H., Gomes, D. G. E., Taff, B. D., White, C., Fristrup, K., Monz, C., McClure, C. J. W., Newman, P., Francis, C. D. & Barber, J. R., Feb 2021, In: People and Nature. 3, 1, p. 176-189 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

An exploratory study on Chinese tourists’ visitation to a U.S. National Park

Li, R., Lin, Y. X., Miller, Z. D., Su, C., Pan, B., Taff, B. D. & Graefe, A., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Tourism Recreation Research.

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The phantom chorus: Birdsong boosts human well-being in protected areas: Phantom chorus improves human well-being

Ferraro, D. M., Miller, Z. D., Ferguson, L. A., Taff, B. D., Barber, J. R., Newman, P. & Francis, C. D., Dec 23 2020, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287, 1941, 20201811.

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Visual-based social norms, distance-related human-wildlife interactions, and viewing devices in parks and protected areas

Freeman, S., Miller, Z. D. & Taff, B. D., Mar 1 2020, In: Human-Wildlife Interactions. 14, 1, p. 16-24 9 p.

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Developing visitor thresholds of sound from shale natural gas compressors for motorized and non-motorized recreation users in Pennsylvania State Forests

Miller, Z. D., Ferguson, L. A., Newman, P., Ferguson, M., Tipton, N., Sparrow, V. & Taff, B. D., Jan 1 2020, In: Applied Acoustics. 157, 107012.

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Identifying strategies to reduce visitor-generated waste in national parks of the United States: the Zero Landfill Initiative

Miller, Z. D., Lawhon, B., Taff, B. D., Schwartz, F. & Newman, P., Jul 2 2020, In: Applied Environmental Education and Communication. 19, 3, p. 303-316 14 p.

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