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Ingrid Luffman


I serve on the Board of Directors of the Boone Watershed Partnership, and one of my research interests is the connection between land use, water quality, and human health. I have recently completed a multi-year study on land use in the Beaver Creek watershed, and have co-authored a major grant proposal to restore Beaver Creek.  You can read about these efforts and others on the Boone Watershed Partnership website.

My dissertation research follows the same theme: I'm studying the relationship between disease incidence and various environmental factors such as surface water quality, land use, livestock density, socioeconomic factors, drinking water source and geology. The goal of the research is to identify risk factors for increased incidence of E. coli and Cryptosporidiosis in some East Tennessee counties.

My third area of research is closely related to teaching. I'm interested in accessibility - how to make geography accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability. Recently I partnered with ETSU's Office of Disability Services to develop a tactile lab packet to be used by blind and vision impaired students in my online Weather and Climate class. We will be presenting this research in New York City in Feb, 2012.

Department of Geosciences
100 CR Drive
East Tennessee State University,
Box 70357
Johnson City, TN 37614

Phone: 423-439-7551
Fax: 423-439-7520
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Ph.D. Candidate (Geography), University of Tennessee

M.Sc. (Earth-Sciences) 1997, University of Ottawa, Canada

I teach the core Earth Science sequence: Landforms and Processes, and Weather and Climate (both lecture and lab components) in the regular classroom and online.

I also teach Geomorphology every second spring semester (this is the continuation of the Landforms class). The next scheduled Geomorph class runs in Spring semester 2013.

For the past three years, I have been increasingly involved with the Geosciences Department Field Camp course. In 2010 we traveled to the Colorado Plateau, in 2011 it was Puerto Rico, and the 2012 Field Camp is an excursion to the Rio Grande Valley. We are planning for Hawaii in 2013! Field Camp is an opportunity for majors in both disciplines to be part of a comprehensive study of a region by researching one aspect of the region. The student manuscripts are bound into a Field Book.

Other teaching interests include anything relating to water and how to use statistics to really understand your data.



Zhang, M., K. Wang, C. Zhang, H. Chan, H. Liu, Y. Yue, I. Luffman & X. Qi (2010) Using the Radial Basis Function Network model to assess rocky desertification in Northwest Guangxi, China. Environmental Earth Sciences.

Luffman, I. (2010) Wake up call in east Tennessee? Correlating flood losses to National Flood Insurance Program enrollment. Southeastern Geographer.

Luffman, I. (2009) Is stream discharge fractal? A comparison of Watauga River discharge before and after construction of Watauga Dam. In Nineteenth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, 2B10-2B13. Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee.

Hamilton, J. & I. Luffman (2009) Precipitation, pathogen and turbidity trends in the Little River, Tennessee. Physical Geography, 30, 236-248.

Chase, K., C. Craig, I. Luffman, K. Maier & P. Scheuerman. (2004) Guidance for Development of a Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan for Fecal Coliform Reduction. 117. Sinking Creek Watershed Alliance prepared for Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.


Professional Service and Membership
Association of American Geographers
Association of American Geographers Education Specialty Group Board Member
American Geophysical Union
National Geographic Education Council
Boone Watershed Partnership Board Member and Secretary


Last Updated on 01-31-12