Professional Profile: Dr. Yu-Fai Leung

@ Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 2016


Contact Details

Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University
CB# 7106, 5107 Jordan Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7106, USA
Phone: +1 919-513-3489
Fax: +1 919-515-3687
Skype ID: yfleung1
Web: http://go.ncsu.edu/leung

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Full Curriculum Vitae

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Current Positions/Affiliations

Education

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) (Forestry, 1998)
  • M.Phil., The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Geography, 1992)
  • B.S.Sc. (Honors), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Geography, with Biology Minor, 1989)

Research Interests

  • Sustainable visitor use (recreation, tourism, ecotourism, geotourism) in U.S. and global protected areas
  • Recreation ecology and visitor impact research
  • Participatory monitoring of visitor use and impacts in parks and protected areas
  • Effectiveness evaluation of visitor management strategies and actions
  • Applications of geospatial technology and spatial analytics

Courses Taught

  • Current: PRT505, GIS and Spatial Analysis in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport (Graduate-Distance Education, NCSU)
  • Current: PRT555, Environmental Impacts of Recreation and Tourism (Graduate, NCSU)
  • Past: PRT451, Principles of Recreation Planning and Facility Development (Undergraduate, NCSU)
  • Past: GST5005, Resource and Environmental Management for Ecotourism (Graduate, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Past: U1760, Environmental Issues in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (Undergraduate, National Taiwan University)
  • Past: U1770, Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism Planning (Undergraduate, National Taiwan University)

Publications Since 2015 (Selected)

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Guo, J.-H., Guo, T., Lin, K.-M., Lin, D.-D., Leung, Y.-F., & Chen, Q.-H. (2019). Managing congestion at visitor hotspots using park-level use level data: Case study of a Chinese World Heritage site. PLoS ONE. Published online July 26, 2019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215266
  • Smith, J. W., Wilkins, E., & Leung, Y.-F. (2019). Attendance trends threaten future operations of America’s state park systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. Published online June 3, 2019. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1902314116
  • Tsai, W.-L., Leung, Y.-F., McHale, M. R., Floyd, M. F., & Reich, B. J. (2019). Relationships between urban green land cover and human health at different spatial resolutions. Urban Ecosystems, 22(2), 315-324. doi:10.1007/s11252-018-0813-3
  • Ng, S.-L., Leung, Y.-F., Cheung, S.-Y., & Fang, W. (2018). Land degradation effects initiated by trail running events in an urban protected area of Hong Kong. Land Degradation and Development, 29(3), 422-432doi:10.1002/ldr.2863
  • Tsai, W.-L., McHale, M. R., Jennings, V., Marquet, O., Hipp, J. A., Leung, Y.-F., & Floyd, M. F. (2018). Relationships between characteristics of urban green land cover and mental health in U.S. metropolitan areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, Art. 340. doi:10.3390/ijerph15020340
  • Walden-Schreiner, C., Leung, Y.-F., Kuhn, T., & Newburger, T. (2018). Integrating direct observation and GPS tracking to monitor animal behavior for resource management. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 190, Article 75. doi:10.1007/s10661-018-6463-3
  • Walden-Schreiner, C., Leung, Y.-F., & Tateosian, L. (2018). Digital footprints: Incorporating crowdsourced geographic information for protected area management. Applied Geography, 90, 44-54. doi.:10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.11.004
  • Walden-Schreiner, C., Rossi, S. D., Barros, A., Pickering, C., & Leung, Y.-F. (2018). Using crowd-sourced photos to assess seasonal patterns of visitor use in mountain-protected areas. Ambio, 47(7), 781-793. doi:10.1007/s13280-018-1020-4
  • Burroughs, K., Leung, Y.-F., Moore, R. L., & Blank, G. (2017). Trail drainage features: Development and testing of an assessment tool. Park Science, 33(1), 42-49. [Full Text]
  • Hockett, K., Marion, J. L., & Leung, Y.-F. (2017). The efficacy of combined educational and site management actions in reducing off-trail hiking in an urban-proximate protected area. Journal of Environmental Management, 203, 17-28. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.073
  • Walden-Schreiner, C., Leung, Y.-F., Kuhn, T., Newburger, T., & Tsai, W.-L. (2017). Environmental and managerial factors associated with pack stock distribution in high-elevation meadows: Case study from Yosemite National Park. Journal of Environmental Management, 193, 52-63. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.01.076
  • Miller, A., Leung, Y.-F., & Kays, R. (2017). Coupling visitor and wildlife monitoring in protected areas using camera trapsJournal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 17, 44-53. doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2016.09.007
  • Li, J. Whitlow, M., Meszaros, K., Leung, Y.-F., & Barbieri, C. (2016). A preliminary evaluation of World Heritage tourism promotion: Comparing websites from Australia, China and Mexico. Tourism Planning and Development, 13(3), 370-376. doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2015.1101393
  • Marion, J. L., Leung, Y.-F., Eagleston, H., & Burroughs, K. (2016). A review and synthesis of recreation ecology research findings on visitor impacts to wilderness and protected natural areas. Journal of Forestry, 114(3), 352-362.  doi.org/10.5849/jof.15-498
  • Xu, S., Barbieri, C., Anderson, D., Leung, Y.-F., & Rozier Rich, S. (2016). Residents' perceptions of wine tourism development. Tourism Management, 55, 276-286. doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2016.02.016
  • Tsai, W.-L., Floyd, M. F., Leung, Y.-F., McHale, M. R., & Reich, B. J. (2016). Urban vegetative cover fragmentation in the U.S.: Associations with physical activity and body mass index. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50(4), 509–517. doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2015.09.022
  • Xu, S., Leung, Y.-F., & Barbieri, C. (2016). Characterizing themed touring routes: A geospatial and tourism evaluation of wine trails. Tourism Planning and Development, 13(2), 168-184. doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2015.1074096
  • Leung, Y.-F., Smith, J. W., Seekamp, E., Conlon, K., Mayer, J. E., Guo, T., Walden-Schreiner, C., Adams, B., & Keane, R. (2016). The effects of 2D and 3D imagery and an educational message on perceptions of trail impacts. Natural Areas Journal, 36(1): 88-92. doi.org/10.3375/043.036.0115
  • Serenari, C., Peterson, N., Leung, Y.-F.Stowhas, P., Wallace, T., & Sills, E. (2015). Private development-based forest conservation in Patagonia: Comparing mental models and revealing cultural truths. Ecology and Society, 20(3), Article 4. doi.org/10.5751/ES-07696-200304
  • Guo, T., Smith, J. W., Leung, Y.–F., Seekamp, E., & Moore, R. L. (2015). Determinants of responsible hiking behavior: Results from a stated preference experiment. Environmental Management, 56(3): 765-776. doi.org/10.1007/s00267-015-0513-1
  • Leung, Y.-F., Walden-Schreiner, C., Conlon, K., & Miller, A. (2015). A simple method for monitoring dog leash compliance behavior in parks and natural areas. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 9, 11-16. doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2015.03.001
  • Smith, J. W., Leung, Y.-F., Seekamp, E., Walden-Schreiner, C., & Miller, A. (2015). Projected impacts to the production of outdoor recreation opportunities across state park systems in the U.S. due to the adoption of a domestic climate change mitigation policy. Environmental Science and Policy, 48, 77-88. doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2014.12.013 

Books/Book Chapters

  • Magro, T. C. M.-L., & Leung, Y.-F. (2019). Managing environmental impacts of tourism. In: McCool, S. F., & Bosak, K. (eds.). A Research Agenda for Sustainable Tourism.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. In Press. [Book Info]
  • Leung, Y.-F., Spenceley, A., Hvenegaard, G., & Buckley, R. (eds.) (2018). Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability. Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series No. 27. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). [ Full-Text PDFEnglish | Español | Français | Deutsch | Portugiesisch | 中文(简体) | монгол хэл | Online Resource Directory ]. Specific Contributions --
    • Leung, Y.-F., Spenceley, A., McCool, S., & Eagles, P. F. J.: Tourism and visitation in protected areas: The sustainability challenge (Chapter 1, pp. 1-8). [Full Text]
    • Spenceley, A., Hvenegaard, G., Bushell, R., Leung, Y.-F., & McCool, S.: The impacts of protected area tourism (Chapter 2, pp. 9-26).  [Full Text]
    • Halpenny, E., Salenieks, T., Manning, R., Leung, Y.-F., & Spenceley, A.: Aligning management objectives with tourism impacts (Chapter 3, pp. 27-40).  [Full Text]
    • Leung, Y.-F., Halpenny, E., Salenieks, T., Manning, R., Bride, I., Walden-Schreiner, C., & Buckley, R.: Adaptive management for sustainable tourism (Chapter 4, pp. 41-62).  [Full Text]
    • Walden-Schreiner, C., Miller, A., & Leung, Y.-F.: Monitoring visitor use and impact indicators in Yosemite National Park (USA) (Box 4.4, p. 46).  [Full Text]
    • Leung, Y.-F., Spenceley, A., Hvenegaard, G., & Buckley, R.: Promoting partnerships through the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (Box 4.14, p. 58).  [Full Text]
    • Hvenegaard, G., Buckley, R., Spenceley, A., & Leung, Y.-F.: The future of protected area tourism (Chapter 7, pp. 89-95).  [Full Text]
  • Becco, J. A., Hallo, J., Manning, R. E., Akers, S., Duh, S., Smith, C., Walden-Schreiner, C., & Leung, Y.-F. (2016). GIS applications (chapter 4). In: Baas, J., & Burns, R. C. (eds.), Outdoor Recreation Planning (pp. 93-112). Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing. [Book Info]

Proceedings Papers

  • Helmer, M., Miller, A., Barborak, J., McCool, S., & Leung, Y-F. (2019). Global dimensions: Trends, lessons and collaborative learning. In: Selin, S. (ed.), Igniting the Science of Recreation: Linking Science, Policy, and Action. General Technical Report PNW-XXX. Seattle, WA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. In Press.
  • McArdle, K., Walden-Schreiner, C., Oliphant, E., Edwards, M., Leung, Y.-F., Blank, G., Seekamp, E., & Duerden, M. (2017). Evaluating diverse trail projects using standardized assessment tools: Conservation Corps example. In: Weber, S. (ed.), Connections Across People, Place, and Time: Proceedings of the 2017 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites (pp. 103-108). Hancock, MI: George Wright Society. [Full Text]

Technical Reports

  • Leung, Y.-F., Cheung, J. S.-Y., & Smith, J. (2019). Statistical Report of State Park Operations in the U.S.: 2017-2018. Final report submitted to National Association of State Park Directors.
  • Edwards, M. B., Walden-Schreiner, C., Oliphant, E., Blank, G., Leung, Y.-F., Seekamp, E., & McArdle, K. (2018). 2017 Public Lands Service Coalition Habitat Evaluation Report. Final report submitted to Conservation Legacy.
  • Edwards, M. B., Walden-Schreiner, C., Oliphant, E., Leung, Y.-F., Seekamp, E., Blank, G., & McArdle, K. (2018). 2017 Public Lands Service Coalition Trail Evaluation Report. Final report submitted to Conservation Legacy.
  • Leung, Y.-F., Walden-Schreiner, C., Miller, A., & Smith, J. (2018). Statistical Report of State Park Operations in the U.S.: 2016-2017. Final report submitted to National Association of State Park Directors.
  • Leung, Y.-F., Miller, A., Walden-Schreiner, C., & Smith, J. (2017). Statistical Report of State Park Operations in the U.S.: 2015-2016. Final report submitted to National Association of State Park Directors.
  • Walden-Schreiner, C., McArdle, K., Oliphant, E., Edwards, M., Leung, Y.-F., Seekamp, E., Blank, G., & Duerden, M. (2016). 2016 Public Lands Service Coalition Trail Evaluation Report. Final report submitted to Conservation Legacy.
  • Leung, Y.-F., Smith, J. & Miller, A. (2016). Statistical Report of State Park Operations in the U.S.: 2014-2015. Final report submitted to National Association of State Park Directors.
  • Leung, Y.-F., Smith, J. & Miller, A. (2015). Statistical Report of State Park Operations in the U.S.: 2013-2014. Final report submitted to National Association of State Park Directors.
  • Walden-Schreiner, C., Tsai, W.-L., & Leung, Y.-F. (2015). Geospatial Analysis of Pack Stock Movement and Grazing Patterns in Subalpine Meadows at Yosemite National Park. Final report submitted to USDI National Park Service, Yosemite National Park.

Grants and Projects (Selected)

  • 2017 - 2020, Determining use, economic impacts and value of game lands in North Carolina (co-P.I., NC Wildlife Resources Commission)
  • 2017 - 2018, Integrating K-12 curriculum, science and monitoring to inform wild horse public education in Cape Lookout National Seashore (co-P.I., USDI National Park Service)
  • 2015 – 2018, Conservation Corps trail and habitat improvements evaluation (co-P.I., Conservation Legacy)
  • 2015 – 2017, Appalachian Trail sustainability study (co-P.I., USDI National Park Service)
  • 2014 – 2015, Geospatial analysis of pack stock movement and grazing patterns in subalpine meadows at Yosemite National Park (P.I., USDI National Park Service)
  • 2013 – 2019, Best Practice Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism in Global Protected Areas (3rd Edition) (P.I., IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and GIZ-German Society for International Cooperation)
  • 2012 – 2013, Developing a collaborative learning network for visitor impact monitoring in U.S. and Brazilian protected areas (P.I., University Global Partnership Network)
  • 2012 – 2013, Enhancing protected area management and stewardship education through participatory monitoring: prototype development for North Carolina Coastal Reserves (P.I., NCSU Extension and Engagement Seed Grant)
  • 2010 – 2014, Understanding natural resource impacts of emerging recreation in urban forests and natural areas (P.I., USDA McIntire-Stennis Research Program)
  • 2010 – 2013, Understanding urban and community forests contributions to physical activity and health (co-P.I., USDA Forest Service)
  • 2010 – 2012, Developing methods for integrated analysis of meadow condition and informal trail data in Yosemite National Park (P.I., USDI National Park Service)
  • 2007 – Present (continuing), Annual Information Exchange (AIX) survey of state park operations in the U.S. (P.I., National Association of State Park Directors)

University Service (Selected)

  • 2019 - Present, Member, NCSU Office of Global Engagement, Asia Strategy Task Force
  • 2014 – Present, Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, NCSU
  • 2012 – Present, College Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) Committee (Member, 2012-2014, and since 2016)
  • 2012 – Present, Departmental Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) Committee (Chair 2012-2014, and since 2016; Member 2014-2016)
  • 2011 – Present, Member, Lake Raleigh Woods Advisory Committee, NCSU
  • 2009 – Present, Departmental Graduate Programs Advisory Committee (Chair 2009-2011, Member 2011-Present)

Professional Service (Selected)

Editorship/Editorial Boards

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