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Marty Kanarek, PhD, MPH

  • Professor


Marty Kanarek is Professor of Population Health Sciences and Environmental Studies. He received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley and his MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota. He worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency from 1972-78 before coming to Wisconsin. He currently serves as Chair of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Major and Certificate for Undergraduates. His research interests include environmental epidemiology -- indoor and outdoor air pollution, lead poisoning prevention, PCB and mercury contaminants in fish, drinking water and cancer, environmental tracking, asbestos, and other studies of the human health effects of pollution.

Courses Taught:

  • PHS/Env. St. 471: Introduction to Environmental Health
  • PHS/Env. St. 502: Air Pollution and Human Health
  • PHS 820: Graduate Research Seminar


  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
  • Society for Epidemiological Research
  • International Society of Environmental Epidemiology
  • NIH Study Section
  • EPA Peer Reviewer

Recent Honors/Awards

  • Collaborative Research Grant and Community Award from the Medical Education and Research Committee (MERC) of the SMPH

Select Publications

Kanarek MS, Conforti PM, Jackson LA, Cooper RC, and Murchio JC. Asbestos in Drinking Water and Cancer Incidence in the San Francisco Bay Area. American Journal of Epidemiology, 112:54-72, 1980.

Kanarek MS, Conforti PM, and Jackson LA. Chrysotile Asbestos in Drinking Water from Asbestos-Cement Pipe. Environmental Science and Technology, 15:923-925, 1981.

Caplenas NR, Kanarek MS, and Dufour AP. Source and Extent of Klebsiella Pneumoniae in the Paper Industry. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 42:779-785, 1981.

Young TB, Kanarek MS, and Tsiatis AA. Epidemiologic Study of Drinking Water Chlorination and Wisconsin Female Cancer Mortality. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 67:1191-1198, 1981.

Dally KA, Hanrahan LP, Woodbury MA, and Kanarek MS. Formaldehyde Exposure in Non-Occupational Environments. Archives of Environmental Health, 36:277-284, 1981.

Kanarek MS and Young TB. Drinking Water Treatment and Risk of Cancer Death in Wisconsin. Environmental Health Perspectives, 46:179-186, 1982.

Quackenboss JJ, Kanarek MS, Spengler JD, and Letz R. Personal Monitoring for Nitrogen Dioxide Exposure: Methodological Considerations for a Community Study. Environment International, 8:249-258, 1982.

Hanrahan LP, Dally KA, Anderson HA, Kanarek MS, and Rankin J. Formaldehyde Vapor in Mobile Homes: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Concentrations and Irritant Effects. American Journal of Public Health, 74:1026-1027, 1983.

Caplenas NR, and Kanarek MS. Thermotolerant Non-Fecal Source Klebsiella Pneumoniae: Validity of the Fecal Coliform Test in Recreational Waters. American Journal of Public Health, 74:1273-1275, 1984.

Hanrahan LP, Anderson HA, Dally KA, Eckmann AD, and Kanarek MS. Formaldehyde Concentrations in Wisconsin Mobile Homes. Journal of the Air Pollution Control Association, 34:1164-1167, 1985.

Quackenboss JJ, Spengler JD, Kanarek MS, Letz R, and Duffy CP. Personal Exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide: Relationship to Indoor/Outdoor Air Quality and Activity Patterns. Environmental Science and Technology, 20:775-783, 1986.

Dar E, Kanarek MS, Anderson MS, and Sonzogni W. Fish Consumption and Reproductive Outcomes in Green Bay, WI. Environmental Research, 59:189-201, 1992.

Peterson DE, Kanarek MS, Kuykendall MA, Diedrich HA, Anderson HA, Remington PL, and Sheffy TB. Fish Consumption Patterns and Blood Mercury Levels in Wisconsin Chippewa Indians. Archives of Environmental Health, 49: 58-63, 1994.

Anderson H, Falk C, Fiore B, Hanrahan L, Humphrey HE, Kanarek MS, et al. Consortium for the Health Assessment of Great Lakes Sport Fish Consumption. Toxicology and Industrial Health, 12:369-373, 1996.

Falk C, Hanrahan L, Anderson HA, Kanarek MS, Draheim L, Needham L, Patterson D Jr, and the Great Lakes Consortium. Body Burden Levels of Dioxin, Furans and PCBs Among Frequent Consumers of Great Lakes Sport Fish. Environmental Research, A80:S19-S25, 1999.

Taha T, Kanarek MS, Schultz BD, Murphy A. A Prospective Study of the Effectiveness of Low-Cost Household Paint Abatement to Reduce Blood Lead Levels in Children. Environmental Research, A81:334-338, 1999.

Schubert C, Knobeloch L, Kanarek MS, Anderson HA. Public Response to Elevated Nitrate in Drinking Water Wells in Wisconsin. Archives of Environmental Health, 54:242-247, 1999.

Anderson HA, Hanrahan LP, Smith A, Draheim L, Kanarek MS, Olsen J. The Role of Sport-Fish Consumption Advisories in Mercury Risk Communication: A 1998-1999 12 State Survey of Women 18-45. Environmental Research, 95:315-24, 2004.

Weisskopf MG, Anderson HA, Hanrahan LP, Kanarek MS, Falk CM, Steenport DM, and Draheim LA. Maternal Exposure to Great Lakes Sport-Caught Fish and Dichlorodiphenyl Dichloroethylene, but not Polychlorinated Biphenyls, is Associated with Reduced Birth Weight. Environmental Research, 97: 149-162, 2005.

Powell MC, and Kanarek MS. Nanomaterial Health Effects--Part 1: Background and Current Knowledge. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 105, No.2: 14-18, 2006.

Powell MC, and Kanarek MS. Nanomaterial Health Effects--Part 2: Uncertainties and Recommendations for the Future. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 105(3): 18-23, 2006.

McElroy JA, Gangnon RE, Newcomb PA, Kanarek MS, Anderson HA, Vanden Brook J, Trentham-Dietz A, and Remington PL. Risk of Breast Cancer for Women Living in Rural Areas from Adult Exposure to Atrazine from Well Water in Wisconsin. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 17: 207-214 2007.

Kanarek MS. Nanomaterial Health Effects--Part 3: Conclusion: Hazardous Issues and the Precautionary Principle. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 106(1): 16-19, 2007.

Kanarek N, and Kanarek MS. Smoking Cessation in Clinical Trials and Public Health Studies: A Research Ethical Imperative. Annals of Epidemiology, 17(12): 983-988, 2007.

Kanarek MS and Anderson HA. Environmental Epidemiology: Looking to the Future. Annals of Epidemiology, 17 (11):911-913, 2007.

McElroy JA, Trentham-Dietz A, Gangnon RE, Hampton JM, Bersch AJ, Kanarek MS, and Newcomb PA. Nitrogen-Nitrate Exposure from Drinking Water and Colorectal Cancer Risk for Rural Women in Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Water and Health, Vol 6 No. 3 pp. 399-409, 2008.

Havlena J, Kanarek MS, and Coons M. Factors Associated with the Seasonality of Blood Lead Levels Among Preschool Wisconsin Children. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 108(3):151-155, 2009.

Kanarek MS. The Delay of Preventive Medicine for Asbestos Caused Disease in the 20th Century. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 10 (5):286-287, 2009.

Kanarek MS. Mesothelioma from Chrysotile Asbestos: Update. Annals of Epidemiology, 21:688-697, 2011. Erratum: Annals of Epidemiology, 22:377, 2012.

Amato MS, Moore CF, Magzamen S, Imm P, Havlena MS, Anderson MS, Kanarek MS. Lead Exposure and Educational Proficiency: Moderate Lead Exposure and Educational Proficiency on End-of-Grade Examinations. Annals of Epidemiology, 22: 738-743, 2012.

Kanarek NF, Kanarek MS, Olatoye D, and Carducci MA. Removing Barriers to Participation in Clinical Trials, A Conceptual Framework and Retrospective Chart Review Study. Trials, 13:237, 2012.

Magzamen S, Imm P, Amato MS, Havlena JA, Anderson HA, Moore CF, and Kanarek MS. Moderate Lead Exposure and Elementary School End-of-Grade Examination Performance. Annals of Epidemiology, 23:700-707, 2013.

Amato MS, Magzamen S, Imm P, Havlena JA, Anderson HA, Kanarek MS, Moore CF. Early Lead Exposure (< 3 year old) Prospectively Predicts Fourth Grade School Suspension in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). Environmental Research, 126:60-65, 2013.

Magzamen S, Amato MS, Imm P, Havlena JA, Coons MJ, Anderson HA, Kanarek MS, Moore CF. Quantile Regression in Environmental Health: Early Life Lead Exposure and End-of-Grade Exams. Environmental Research, 137:108-119, 2015.