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
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
this research in New York City in Feb, 2012.
|Department of Geosciences
100 CR Drive
East Tennessee State University,
Johnson City, TN 37614
Email : email@example.com
Ph.D. Candidate (Geography), University
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.
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
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