Research Scientist and Interim Director of Outreach
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
UW Box 357234Seattle, WA 98195-7234
Dr. Kasner serves as the Interim Director of Outreach, working with PNASH leadership on strategic planning and partnership engagement, and supporting PNASH projects and key outreach activities and events. He is a research scientist with ten years of experience in exposure assessment, occupational epidemiology, and agricultural safety and health.
He graduated with a BA in Humanities-Classical Studies from Saint John’s University in 2004. Over the next four years, he taught at universities in China (Yunnan and Guangdong) and an elementary school in Minneapolis. Kasner earned an MPH in 2010 in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota, where his research assessed pesticide exposure for 50 farmers in a Southwest China village. He then worked for two years as an ASPPH Fellow with the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR)-Pesticides Program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Since joining PNASH in 2012, his research has sought to understand the role of wind in pesticide drift events, evaluate drift reduction technology in orchard work environments, and identify precision farming tools to prevent drift exposure. Kasner earned a PhD in 2017 in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.
He has been involved in a Washington state initiative to address pesticide drift with the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and stakeholders throughout the state. For future work, he is interested in projects related to open science, farming, fishing, forestry, air pollution, and climate change.
BA Humanities: Classical Studies, Saint John’s University
MPH Environmental Health, University of Minnesota
PhD Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, University of Washington