Principal Investigator

Kaci Buhl
Director, statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP)
Assistant Director, National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
Deputy Director, Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC)
Deputy Director, PERC med
Associate Professor, EMT

At the state level, I lead the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). The program hosts live recertification events around the state, serving over 1,000 licensed pesticide applicators each year. We also produce web-based training modules and license-preparation study manuals. Special training for unlicensed pesticide applicators is also available through a grant from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The PSEP at OSU works closely with the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Pesticides Division.

At the national level, I co-direct the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC). This program administers $1,000,000 annually in support of new pesticide-related educational materials. Thanks to this collaboration with Suzanne Forsyth at UC Davis (Continuing & Professional Education) and funding from the US EPA, I have been proud to co-author a nationally-adopted worker safety poster, a handbook for agricultural employers, and a respiratory protection guide. All of these have been translated into Spanish.

I'm also involved in projects that:

  • advance education for medical professionals, promoting the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings
  • promote alternatives to pesticides in residential areas, using a mobile-friendly website 
  • serve the nation with science-based information about pesticides over the phone, online, and on YouTube

My program areas bring public health to agriculture and natural resources. I'm often looking for student interns who are interested in occupational/environmental health. Full Biography

Outreach Staff

Giovanna Aleman
Pesticide Specialist

I am an OSU alumna with a background in Food Science & Technology. I split my time between PSEP and the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC). As a Pesticide Specialist for NPIC, I provide science-based pesticide information in English and Spanish. At PSEP, I coordinate Worker Protection Standard training.


Jennifer Gervais
Faculty Research Assistant

I have a split position with National Pesticide Information Center and the Pesticide Safety Education Program, which allows me to pursue my interest in science communication. I hold M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife ecology, and other work experience includes research faculty positions and working for a small non-profit organization focused on wildlife conservation and research. In addition to peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, I have written publications for both technical and lay audiences on a variety of subjects. Full Biography


Support Staff

Cameron Hughes
Knowledge Management and Project Specialist

Cameron Hughes serves as the Knowledge Management and Project Specialist for the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC, 15 years), Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC, 4 years), and PERC-medical (2 years) at Oregon State University. She performs desktop publishing, web design, and strategic outreach campaigns for pesticide educational materials including, websites, fact sheets, manuals, posters, and more.


Sean Ross
Specialist 2 - IT Web