Cynthia Curl earned her PhD and MS (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences) from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where she studied human exposure to agricultural pesticides. Dr. Curl joined the Department of Public Health and Population Science (formerly the Department of Community and Environmental Health) at Boise State University in the spring of 2015. Previously, Dr. Curl worked for several years as a researcher for the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Washington, and in both the private and non-profit sectors as an environmental consultant and researcher. Dr. Curl serves as the Director of the Boise State Center for Excellence in Environmental Health and Safety, as well as the Curl Agricultural Health Lab.
Dr. Curl’s research interests are focused on environmental health and exposure science, with a particular emphasis on understanding exposures to agricultural chemicals and their effects on farmworkers, agricultural communities and the general public. She works with growers and ranchers, farmworkers, and people living near farmland who want to create safer and healthier workplaces and communities. Her community partners have included organizations such as the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, the Idaho Potato Commission, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, and several farmworker advocacy groups.