Certified Arborist and Certified Tree Expert - Expert Witness Consultant

Technical Consultant #1252


Expertise

  • Expert and consultant on arboriculture, trees, tree injuries, tree failures, worker safety, tree accident, tree relocation and other technical matters related to trees.
  • Tree and plant appraisal, plant material acquisition, plant health, plant pests and plant disease diagnostics.
  • Forestry, timber trespass, tree theft and forest range management.
  • Consultant on plant Insects, entomology, plant pests, pest control, plant diseases and plant-soil interactions.
  • Landscape construction and integration with trees and plants.
  • Registered Consulting Arborist, American Society of Consulting Arborists.
  • Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Certified Tree Expert, NJ Board of Tree Experts.
  • Approved Consulting Forester, NJ Parks & Forestry.

Experience

Independent Consultant

  • Perform full-spectrum of arboricultural consulting duties ranging from diagnosis of amenityplant problems and species attributes, to complicated tree preservation and landscape contract supervision in construction settings.
  • Facilitate plant acquisition and large-tree relocation projects throughout the Eastern US.
  • Facilitate management of privately owned woodlands by creating and guiding implementation of Forest Management and Stewardship Plans. Assess forest stand attributes, growth and yield, forest health and wildlife attributes; devise silvicultural and wildlife management prescriptions.
  • Assist owners with Farmland Taxation needs.
  • Serve as a consulting expert and expert witness in the areas of forestry, arboriculture, landscape diagnostics and forensics, and landscape-plant appraisals.
  • Perform wetlands construction, restoration and mitigation consulting.

Quaker Hill Native Plant Garden, Pawling, NY Head Natural Resource Manager & Managing Arborist

  • Served as head forester, arborist and diagnostician for a 1200 acre estate and arboretum.
  • Administered tree and nursery stock procurement program with120 acres of nurseries. Supervise arboriculture programs using employees and contractors.
  • Coordinated multi-year procurement and planting budgets in excess of $5 million. ~Coordinated plant accessions program for AABGA accreditation.
  • Initiated and managed mature-tree procurement programs; initiated close relationships with forestry entities in the northeast US. Relocated live trees over 60’ tall.

Consulting Arborist, SavATree

  • Served in multiple roles ranging from sales and operations management in two branch offices to complex technical consulting for private estates in southeastern New York.
  • Trained field personnel in arboriculture, entomology and plant pathology.

Superintendent of Landscaping Facilities Management, The College of Santa Fe

  • Head of Landscape Management for 150 acre private college.
  • Faculty / Graduate Research Assistant – Forest Entomology, Dept. of Entomology, Oregon State University
  • Undertook field and lab studies of the effects on non-target forest species of the pesticide B.t. in the Siskiyou, Klamath, Cascade and Coast Range mountains of Oregon.

Forestry Technician, Ste. Helens Ranger Dist., Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Amboy, WA

  • Performed numerous silvicultural duties including plant-community delineation, timber-stand improvement marking, regeneration surveys, and tree-improvement orchard management.

Laboratory & Field Technician –Forest Pathology, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Rutgers University

  • Participated in dual-track research into the biology of American chestnut blight and chestnut tree resistance to the disease.

Honors & Publications

  • Field observations of Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in western Oregon
  • Temperature-dependent development in a color-polymorphic ladybeetle, Calvia quatuordecimguttata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).

Education

  • M.S., Entomology, Oregon State University
  • B.S., Natural Resource Management and Applied Ecology, Rutgers University
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