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 Expert  108161

Expert in Wood Science, Wood Technology, Wood Preservation, Wood Biodeterioration

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Mississippi (MS)
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WOOD PRESERVATION; WOOD PRESERVATIVES; WOOD IMPREGNATION. Expert has expertise in many aspects of wood preservation. He has experience in operating wood treating plants, and is thoroughly familiar with commercial preservatives. He is a pioneer in the development of new wood preservatives, and has carried out research in all aspects of wood preservation, including wood decay mechanisms, preservative test methodology, treatment mechanics, and termite control. Expert has impregnated biocides and other chemicals into wood to protect it against wood-destroying organisms, chemicals, and thermal degradation. He is also conversant in the chemicals or combinations thereof used to protect wood against deterioration from any one or a combination of decay, insects, marine borers, fire, weathering, absorption of water, and chemical action.

DIMENSIONAL STABILIZATION OF WOOD. Expert has extensive experience in the development of water repellents and chemical treatments for stabilizing wood. He has developed treatments that are being used commercially, and continues an active research in this area. His research has included the use of polymer treatments to modify the properties of wood. He has performed the process of impregnating chemicals into wood to reduce or retard the shrinking and swelling or wood when it is exposed to water in the liquid or vapor state.

WOOD DECAY. Expert has extensive knowledge about wood decay fungi and their effects on the properties of wood, including an understanding of the chemistry and biochemistry of wood decay. He has extensive experience in determining the cause of wood failure due to decay in utility poles and other wood structures.

WOOD FIRE RETARDANTS. Expert has considerable knowledge of fire retardant treatments for wood. He has been involved in commercial treatments, as well as the development of new formulations. In addition, he has consulted with a number of firms on the effects of some fire retardants on the strength properties of wood.

WOOD PHYSICS; WOOD STRUCTURE; WOOD ELECTRICAL PROPERTY. Expert is proficient in wood-moisture relations, wood-heat relations, and the electrical properties of wood. He is also adept in the gross and microscopic anatomical and structural characteristics of wood.

BIOCIDES; MARINE BORERS; TERMITES. Expert is familiar with the chemicals that control microorganisms and insects which degrade organic matter. He is also knowledgeable of marine borers (animals that attack wood in the marine environment) and termites.

WOOD CREOSOTE; CREOSOTE ENVIRONMENT EFFECT. Over the past 15 years, Expert has been involved with the environmental aspects of wood preservatives, particularly pentachlorophenal, creosote and the arsenicals. This work has included literature reviews and participation in a USDA/EPA review of these compounds. He has been involved in bioremediation studies of both pentachlorophenol and creosote contaminated sites.


wood preservation


wood dimensional stabilization


wood decay


wood fire retardant


wood electrical property


marine borer


wood creosote


creosote environmental effect




wood impregnation


wood physics


wood preservative


wood property


wood science


wood structure


wood technology


wood failure


wood biodeterioration

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jackson, Mississippi;  and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Often requested
with this expert:

Wood Preservation, Wood Decay, Wood Poles, Wood Failure,...
Wood Deterioration/ Preservation; Wood-Inhabiting Fungi and...
Wood Products, Preservation and Recycling; Marketing and...
Wood Adhesives and Wood Composite Products

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1966   PhD   Wood Science and Technology   North Carolina State University  
1963   MS   Forest Products   Oregon State University  
1959   BS   Forest Products   Oregon State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1981 to






Research on wood biodegradation and preservation,composite wood products and durability of wood construction

1976 to 1981


Michigan Technological Institute


Senior Wood Scientist


Research on wood biodeterioration and preservation, composite wood products

1966 to 1976


Honolulu Wood Treating Company


Vice President, Research


Supervised all plant operations and conducted research in treatment processes and new wood preservatives

Career Accomplishments:



AWPA Award of Merit, AWPA Colley Lecturer, Fellow, Intern. Academy of Wood Science, U.S. Army Commanders Award for Public Service, Sigma XI

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 100 pulications, 7 patents, and 2 books on Wood Preservation.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Wood oxidation.
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Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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  • Expert for consulting on wooden power pole condition and placement.
  • Expert for consulting on Utility Pole Failure
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


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