B. Derrick Taff

B. Derrick

Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management


  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Business

Focus Areas:

  • Park and Tourism Management

In The Media:


  • Taff can speak to how outdoor recreation has changed during COVID-19 and emerging summer trends as pandemic-related safety restrictions ease.
  • His current research focuses on communication as it pertains to perceptions and behaviors regarding "Leave No Trace" practices in Rocky Mountain National Park and other national park areas.
  • He can also comment generally on communication as it related to visitor-use management, visitor behaviors, and social and ecological well-being in parks and protected areas.

Derrick Taff is an assistant professor of recreation, park, and tourism management and co-director of the Social Science Acoustics Laboratory. His research involves studying nature-based recreation and leisure engagement for the health of protected area visitors and military service member populations. He studies environmental psychology, including perceptions of alternative energy, resource impacts, the effectiveness of information sources, and emotional and biophysical responses to sounds and landscapes.

In The Media

"In a typical summer, millions of Americans head outdoors to national parks, hiking trails and rivers across the U.S. This summer, because of COVID-19 precautions, getting outdoors will be different, although how different isn’t certain."

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