Curl and Hyland featured in National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences paper


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences featured Cynthia Curl, Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, and Carly Hyland, Postdoctoral Fellow, in a recent article on institute-funded projects.

Curl and Hyland — both Partnerships for Environmental Public Health grant recipients — were recognized for their work in agricultural health.

Curl and Hyland work with local communities to monitor and reduce the impact of pesticides and other environmental exposures in food production.

As head of the Curl Agricultural Health Research LaboratoryCurl strives to provide agricultural health information, initiatives, and resources to Idaho students and communities.

“The goal of our research is to develop evidence-based public health messages about how various agricultural systems affect the health of workers and consumers,” Curl said of the lab’s mission.

Carly Hyland

Hyland leads a funded multidisciplinary research team with the Curl Agricultural Lab. The team is looking at pesticide exposure among Latinx Idaho female farm workers. Notably, comparing pesticide exposure of male workers and also looking at factors that may only affect exposure, such as ill-fitting protective equipment, which is often designed for men.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences article notes Curl and Hyland’s long list of community partners, including Clinics for Women, Infants, and Children, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the Idaho Resource Council Organization, and various nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups.

“What I’ve heard from all of our community partners is that they’re incredibly grateful for this research because there’s a huge need for it in Idaho,” Hyland said in the post. “They are engaged and excited to be working with us hopefully for a long time.”


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