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 Expert  723921

Expert in Wood Deterioration/Preservation; Wood-Inhabiting Fungi and Insects, Prevention and Control

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Mississippi (MS)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has a B.S. and M.S. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University. Following graduation, he accepted a position as Plant Pathologist with the Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service at Gulfport, Mississippi. By the time that he left the Forest Service in 1979, Expert was a Principal Plant Pathologist (Wood Decay Specialist). That year he joined the staff of the Forest Products Laboratory at Mississippi State University as Professor of Forest Products.

Expert has authored over 130 publications, including five patents (2 additional patents in process) and has achieved university honors such as the 1986 Faculty Achievement Award, Outstanding Faculty Member in the department (5 years), and appointment as a Distinguished Professor. Expert frequently is asked to make presentations on preventing and controlling wood decay at local, regional, national, and international meetings. He currently holds memberships in the American Wood Preservers' Association (received their Award of Merit), Forest Products Society, Society of Wood Science and Technology, International Research Group on Wood Preservation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Railway Tie Association, and the Entomological Society of America. He is a principal in two consulting companies, AMBAR, Inc and TASKpro Inc, and TermiSys Inc, a licensed (MS) pest control firm. He has served as an expert on several historic wood preservation projects dealing with structures/artifacts. These include: Christ Church and other historic properties in Philadelphia, Pa; Cambria Ironworks, Johnstown,; PA; covered bridges in PA and Ohio; the hull of the USS Cairo, Vicksburg, MS; and grave markers, Virgina City , Nev.


conservation biology




environmental management


environmental microbiology


environmental restoration


environmental science








plant ecology




wood decay


wood degradation


wood preservation


wood science


wood structure


wood technology

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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 Science, Wood Technology, Wood Preservation, Wood...
Fungal Degradation of Wood, Wood Preservation, Forest...
Wood Science, Engineered Wood and BioComposites,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1969   PhD   Wood deterioration-Plant pathology   North Carolina State Univ  
1965   MS   Forest Pathology   NY College of Environ. Sci. and Forestry  
1963   BS   Forestry   NY College of Environ. Sci. and Forestry   Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1979 to




Forest Products


Wlilliam Giles Distinguished Professor


Research (90%) on preventing and controlloing wood deterioration; teaching same topic (10%)

1969 to 1979


USDA Forest Service


Southern Forest Experiment Station


Principal Plant Pathologist


Research on organisms causing wood deterioration

Career Accomplishments:

Amer Wood Preservers Assn, Forest Prod Soc, Soc Wood Sci and Technol, Railway Tie Assn, MS Pest Control Assn,

Publications and Patents Summary

Over 125 publications and 5 patents issued or in process

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role  
1969 to 1979   USDA Forest Service   Research Scientist  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in CMI cypress pole failure.
  • Expert for consulting on New Wood treatment
  • Kiln dry lumber expert for consulting on kiln drying of Asian and Brazilian species.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert witness dealling with wood deterioration/preservation-related cases...several depositions, appeared in state and fed courts
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Severe and rapid deterioration of of cypress decking on 600 ft long pedestrian bridge.
  • Wood preservative expert for consulting on wood science/ wood preservation issues.
  • Expert for consulting on wood fence failure
  • Expert in Wood decay and deterioration.
  • Botanist expert for consulting on papaver somniferum.
  • Expert for consulting on wooden power pole condition and placement.
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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