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Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the Martin Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and department head. He is also the co-director of the Protected Areas Research Collaborative (PARC) at The Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and his M.S. in Forest Resource Management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry College.

Peter’s research focuses on social carrying capacity decision making in the context of protected areas management. He has conducted numerous visitor use management studies in parks and protected areas within the United States, including Yellowstone National Park, and internationally. Current research interests include visitor management in and regarding protected areas, soundscape/acoustic management in parks, transportation management and planning, efficacy of Leave No Trace practices, and health/well-being.

Human-caused noise and light can threaten the ecological integrity of the natural environment and diminish our enjoyment of national parks and protected...