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Yu-Fai Leung

Professor & Grad Prog Director-PRTM; Faculty Fellow-CGA; Assoc Faculty-FER

Center for Geospatial Analytics, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Jordan Hall 5107

919-513-3489

http://go.ncsu.edu/leung

Area(s) of Expertise

Sustainable visitor use in parks and protected areas

Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, Virginia.  Ph.D.   1998

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China.  M.Phil. 1992

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China.  B.S.Sc. (Hons.)  1989

  • Major:  Geography
  • Minor:  Biology 

Current 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

Recent Courses Taught

  • PRT 505 GIS and Spatial Analysis in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management (Graduate, NCSU)
  • PRT 555 Environmental Impacts of Recreation and Tourism (Graduate, NCSU)
  • PRT 451 Principles of Recreation Planning and Facility Development (Undergraduate, NCSU)
  • NR 532 Principles of Geographic Information Science (Graduate, NCSU)
  • GST 5005 Resource and Environmental Management for Ecotourism (Graduate, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • U1760 Environmental Issues in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (Undergraduate, National Taiwan University)
  • U1770 Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism Planning (Undergraduate, National Taiwan University)

Selected Presentations (Since 2009)

April, 2013, Leung, Y.-F., T. Magro, J. Moreira and A. Miller. Monitoring visitor impacts in protected areas: A collaborative learning model. Paper presented at the IUFRO Conference on Protected Areas and Place Making;, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.

April, 2013, Floyd, M., Y.-F. Leung, M. McHale, P. Baran, W.-L. Tsai and C. Bruton. Exploring urban forests’ contributions to public health. Paper presented at the 2013 Northeastern Recreation Reserach Conference; Cooperstown, NY.

April, 2013, Tsai, W.-L., Y.-F. Leung, M. McHale, and M. Floyd. Linking urban forests and human health: A conceptual model. Paper presented at the 2013 Northeastern Recreation Reserach Conference; Cooperstown, NY.

April, 2013, Xu, S., C. Barbieri and Y.-F. Leung. Themed touring routes: A geospatial-tourism typology of wine trails in North Carolina. Poster presented at the 2013 Northeastern Recreation Reserach Conference; Cooperstown, NY.

March, 2013, Leung, Y.-F., T. Magro, J. Moreira and A. Miller. Developing a collaborative learning network for visitor impact monitoring in protected areas. Paper presented at the 2013 George Wright Society Conference; Denver, CO.

March, 2013, Leung, Y.-F., G. Hvenegaard, A. Spenceley and R. Buckley. IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (3rd Edition): Project updates. Paper presented at the 2013 George Wright Society Conference; Denver, CO.

March, 2013, Miller, A. and Y.-F. Leung. The role of state parks in providing recreation opportunities:
Visitation trends in difficult economic times. Poster presented at the 2013 George Wright Society Conference; Denver, CO.

March, 2013, Walden-Schreiner, C. and Y.-F. Leung. Monitoring group distribution and behavior in open landscapes of Yosemite National Park with geospatial technology. Paper presented at the 2013 George Wright Society Conference; Denver, CO.

March, 2013, Walden-Schreiner, C., M. Floyd, and Y.-F. Leung. Incorporating physical activity measures into environmental monitoring of national parks: An example from Yosemite. Paper presented at the 2013 George Wright Society Conference; Denver, CO.

February, 2013, Adams, B., K. Conlon, R. Sayre-McCord, E. Crouse and Y.-F. Leung. Measuring and evaluating the effects of signage on off-trail walking in a university forest, North Carolina . Poster presented at the 2013 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Athens, GA.

February, 2013, Conlon, K., C. Walden-Schreiner, Leung, Y.-F., and A. Miller. Monitoring off-leash dog walking behavior in protected areas: Development and testing of a protocol . Paper presented at the 2013 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Athens, GA.

January, 2013, Leung, Y.-F., C. Walden-Schreiner, K. Conlon, and A. Miller. Enhancing visitor impact management
and stewardship education at NC Coastal Reserves through participatory monitoring: Project updates
Paper presented at the North Carolina Coastal Training Program, Managing Visitor Use on Coastal Public Lands Workshop; Beaufort, NC.

November, 2012, Leung, Y.-F., A. Miller, C. Smith, C. Walden-Schreiner, and K. Conlon. Citizen monitoring of park use and impacts: Exploring options. Paper presented at the 2012 North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Greenville NC.

September 2012, Leung, Y.-F., R. Buckley, G. Hvenegaard and A Spenceley. Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (3rd Edition): An overview and discussion. Paper presented at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju Island, South Korea.

August 2012, Leung, Y.-F., C. Pickering, and D. N.Cole. Informal trails and fragmentation effects: A conceptual and research overview. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, Stockholm, Sweden.

August 2012, Miller, A. and Y.-F. Leung. Community-based monitoring of tourism resources in protected areas: Typology of programs and preliminary review, Poster presented at the 2012 Conference on Public Participation in Scientific Research; Portland, OR.

August 2012, Walden-Schreiner, C., Y.-F. Leung, & A. Miller. Integrating geospatial technology with behavior mapping method in monitoring visitor use in open landscapes. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, Stockholm, Sweden.

June, 2012, Tsai, W.-L., Y.-F. Leung, M. R. McHale and M. F. Floyd. Developing a conceptual model and landscape metrics to link urban forest fragmentation and human health. Paper presented at the 18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

April 2012, Walden-Schreiner, C., Y.-F. Leung, and T. Newburger. Exploring the spatial relationship between visitor use and informal trails in Yosemite Valley meadows. Paper presented at the 2012 Northeastern Recreation Research Conference; Cooperstown, NY.

February 2012, Leung, Y.-F., C. Siderelis, A. Miller, and C. Walden-Schreiner. A long-term state park operations database for academic research: Examples and suggestions. Poster presented at the 34th Southeastern Recreation Research Conference; Auburn, AL.

January 2012, Leung, Y.-F., C. Walden-Schreiner, A. Miller, C. Smith, and W.-L. Tsai. A geospatial approach to monitoring recreational use and impacts in open landscapes:
Applications for managers and community volunteers. Paper presented at the North Carolina Coastal Training Program, Managing Recreational Use of Publicly Accessible Protected Lands Workshop; Beaufort, NC.

November 2011, Leung, Y.-F. Contextualizing recreation ecology research: A conceptual framework. Invited paper presented at the International Symposium on People in Parks: Managing the Environmental Impacts of Visitors; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

October 2011, Leung, Y.-F., S. R. Ting, and K. Stewart. Integrating geospatial technology with conservation education: Some lessons learned from a middle-school geoscience program. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education; Raleigh, NC.

June 2011, Tsai, W.-L., Y.-F. Leung, M. McHale and M. Floyd. Classifying urban forests and greenspaces as physical health resources using Google Earth and Landsat imagery. Paper presented at the 2011 15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management; Madison, WI.

April 2011, Kollar, C, Y.-F. Leung, R. Moore and G. Blank. Characterizing mountain biking impacts: A case study of a montane and a coastal plain site in the U.S.A.. Paper presented at the 2011 Northeastern Recreation Research Conference; Bolton Landing, NY.

March 2011, Leung, Y.-F., T. Newburger, L. Ballenger, K. Bigsby and C. Kollar. Establishing the ecological significance of informal trail indicator in Yosemite National Park through an integrated meadow analysis. Paper presented at the 2011 George Wright Society Conference; March 14-18; New Orleans, LA.

February 2011, Matisoff, C., Y.-F. Leung and C. Walden-Schreiner. Understanding environmental concerns of emerging outdoor recreation through media content analysis: A case of disc golf. Poster presented at the 2011 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference; Boone, NC.

November 2010, Leung, Y.-F., C. Kollar and D. Cade. Sustainable mountain biking: Issues and prospects. Workshop presented at the 2010 North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference; Raleigh, NC.

June 2010, Li, Y.-H., Y.-C. Hsu and Y.-F. Leung. Indicator development for Yu Shan National Park: An adaptive process. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas; Wageningen, the Netherlands.

June 2010, Lin, H.-C., Y.-F. Leung and S.-I. Hsu. Evaluating trail surfacing effectiveness in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan ROC: An index approach. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas; Wageningen, the Netherlands.

June 2010, Lu, D.-J., Y.-F. Leung and H.-T. Hsieh. Community-based trail monitoring as a mechanism for capacity and partnership building: Lessons learned from Linmei Village, Ilan County, Taiwan ROC. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas; Wageningen, the Netherlands.

April 2010 Hockett, K., J. Marion and Y.-F. Leung. The efficacy of educational messaging and site management actions in discouraging off-trail hiking. Paper presented at the 2010 Spotlight on National Park Resources in the National Capital Region; Frederick, MD.

April 2010, Leung Y.-F. and Y.-C. Hsu. Indicators of visitor impacts for high-use park areas: Perspectives in East Asia. Paper presented at the Visitor Impacts and Monitoring Symposium; Yosemite National Park, CA.

April 2010, Leung Y.-F. and T. Newburger. Methods for monitoring informal trails in protected areas: Current progress and research needs. Paper presented at the Visitor Impacts and Monitoring Symposium; Yosemite National Park, CA.

April 2010, Kollar, C. and Y.-F. Leung. Assessing and Understanding Environmental Impacts of Mountain Bike Technical Trail Features in Urban-Proximate Parks. Paper presented at the National Conference on Emerging Issues along the Rural-Urban Interfaces, Atlanta, GA.

February 2010, Banks, C., Y.-F. Leung and S. Tomas. Disentangling the influence of community and place attachment on resident attitudes toward tourism development. Paper presented at the 2010 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference; Greenville, SC.

March 2009, Leung Y.-F. and C. Pickering. Classifying approaches to visitor impact assessment in U.S. and Australian protected areas. Paper presented at the 2009 George Wright Society Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites; Portland, OR.

March 2009, Newburger T., Y.-F. Leung, B. Meldrum, M. J. Messick, and.B. Woiderski. Assessing and monitoring habitat fragmentation from informal trail networks in Yosemite meadows. Poster presented at the 2009 George Wright Society Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites; Portland, OR.

Selected Grants/Projects

2012–2014, Revision of the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (P.I., IUCN World Conservation Union, World Commission on Protected Areas and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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)

2012 – 2013, Inventorying non-consumptive utilitarian uses of coastal resources (co-P.I., North Carolina Sea Grant, minigrant)

2011 – 2013, Developing a strategy for protection of cultural sites along the shoreline of Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument (co-P.I., USDI National Park Service)

2010 – 2011, Developing methods for integrated analysis of meadow condition and informal trail data in Yosemite National Park (P.I., USDI National Park Service)

2010 – 2012, A comprehensive action plan for restructuring North Carolina’s licensing and permit systems (co-P.I., NC Wildlife Resources Commission)

2010 – 2014, Understanding natural resource impacts of emerging recreation in urban forests and natural areas (P.I., USDA McIntire-Stennis Research Program)

2009 – 2012, Understanding urban and community forests contributions to physical activity and health (co-P.I., USDA Forest 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)

2007 – 2010, Geoscience in Middle Schools (co-P.I., Burroughs Wellcome Fund)

2007 – 2010, Managing off-trail hiking in the Potomac Gorge (co-P.I., USDI National Park Service)

Selected University Service

2013–Present, NCSU PRTM Faculty Search Committee (Chair)

2012 – Present, Member, College Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) Committee

2012 – Present, Chair, Departmental Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) Committee

2011 – Present, Member, Lake Raleigh Woods Advisory Panel, NCSU

2011 – 2012, Member, University Standing Committee on Physical Environment, NCSU

2010 – 2011, President, Eta (NCSU) Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies

2009 – Present, Departmental Graduate Programs Advisory Committee (Chair 2009-2011, Member 2011-Present)

2009 – 2012, Member, University Standing Committee on International Programs, NCSU

2008 – Present, Member, Faculty Advisory Board, NCSU Confucius Institute

Selected Professional Service

2013 – Present, Invited Proposal Reviewer, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Council for the Earth and Life sciences, The Netherlands

2013 – Present, Invited Proposal Reviewer, National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan

2013 – Present, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Outdoor Recreation Study, Taiwan ROC

2012 – Present, International Scientific Committee, IUFRO Conference on Protected Areas and Place Making, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

2012 – Present, Editor-in-Chief, IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (3rd Edition), IUCN, Gland, Switzerland

2012 – Present, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

2007 – 2008, Visiting Associate Professor (Sabbatical), School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan ROC

2006 – Present, Associate Editor, International Journal of Wilderness

2005 – Present, Associate Editor, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

2005 – Present, Founding Member, Recreation Ecology Research Network

2005 – 2010, External Ph.D. Thesis Examiner, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

2003 – Present, Invited Member, World Commission on Protected AreasIUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland

Honors and Awards

2006, Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, NCSU

2003, Inducted into Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies

2000, Inducted into Rho Phil Lambda Honor Society for Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies

1997, A. B. Massey Outstanding Graduate Student Award, College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, Virginia Tech

1995, Certification of Appreciation, USDA Forest Service

1995, Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society

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