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Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
2066 Girls Ranch Road
Camp Hill AL, MT 36850
USA
phone: 406-531-3541
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Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Lanford is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Auburn and Clemson Universities.

Dr. Lanford provides litigation support services on court cases involving Forestry Accidents, Product Liability, and Contractual Disputes. He has been retained for his expert witness services approximately 25 times. Dr. Lanford offers his expertise to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

Selected Cases Include:
  • Contract Disputes
  • Forest Harvesting and Thinning Practices
  • Wood Handling Facilities Safety Standards and Procedures
  • Chainsaw Felling Personal Injury
  • Truck Off Loading Standards and Procedures
  • Timber Inventory and Mensuration
  • Logging Machines' Productivity and Performance
  • Potential Production and Profits of Logging Operations and Wood Products Facilities
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2/11/2015 · Plants & Trees
Anyone who has a home with trees around it will someday need to remove dead or dying limbs and trees. The best managed landscaping requires trees to be pruned or removed as they grow. In addition, storms often create dangerous situations as limbs and trees are broken or bent over. I remember living on Lake Martin in Alabama during Hurricane Opel. The storm hit at night and we sat in the basement listening to all the commotion and guessing what was happening to our home. Occasionally, I would go up to the main floor with a flash light (power was toast) and peer out the windows trying to assess the damage. One time I reported to my family that the porch roof was gone. The porch faced the lake and the direction of the wind. It had rained all day before the hurricane winds hit causing the soil around the trees that separated our home from the water to soften up. At day light we found all the lakeside trees pushed over onto our roof.

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Donald H. Godi, FASLA, PLA, RCA #444
Consulting Arborist, Licensed Landscape Architect
7805 West Hampden Avenue
Lakewood CO 80227
USA
phone: 303-989-2853
fax: 303-989-2854
Landscape Architects and Arborists Since 1970, Donald H. Godi & Associates, Inc. has been providing expedient service with excellent technology. Their services include landscape evaluations and plant appraisals, standards of the industry determinations, and litigation support for public and private clients throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.

Donald H. Godi, FASLA, PLA, RCA #444, Consulting Arborist, Licensed Landscape Architect, and firm Principal, has chosen to apply the unique talents acquired through training and experience to a concentration on landscape evaluations, tree and landscape appraisals and litigation support services. Skills developed over decades of design and construction implementation, horticulture applications, and the training acquired through the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) consulting academy have combined to create unparalleled abilities in evaluation support as a consulting arborist. As a licensed landscape architect in Colorado (#6) and multiple states, and a Registered Consulting Arborist (#444), Don Godi is the only such consultant in Colorado and 16 surrounding states.

Mr. Godi provides Expert Witness and Litigation Services to attorneys for both Plaintiffs and Defendants. He is available for:
  • Dispute resolution
  • Cost Estimates
  • Work Standards
  • Plant Evaluations / Aappraisals
  • Plan / Specification Review
  • Forensic Data Analysis
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Donald H. Godi, FASLA, RCA, et al
A new reference manual useful to students and professionals in the Green Industries. It is full of useful bits of reference material in 11 sections - a handy-sized 300 page manual with data useful in design, construction and training within the Green Industries.
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Joel R. Coats, PhD
524 River Oak Dr.
Ames IA 50010
USA
phone: 515-294-4776
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Joel Coats Entomology Toxicology Expert PhotoJoel Coats, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. Specializing in Insecticide Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology, he has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 1978 and served as Department Chairman for seven years.

Dr. Coats’ research program includes two main areas: (1) insect toxicology and (2) environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry of Agrochemicals. His research in the insect toxicology area is focused primarily on natural products as insecticides and insect repellents, including investigations of their spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action, metabolism, synthesis of biorational derivatives and analogs, quantitative structure-activity relationships.

Dr. Coats is familiar with all types of pesticides and insect repellents, including synthetic and botanical insecticides, acaricides, fumigants, and repellents; toxicity, mechanisms of action, environmental and comparative toxicology, ecological risk assessment, persistence of pesticides, movement in the environment, and residue analysis.

Litigation Support - Dr. Coats provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been deposed and testified on numerous occasions. Dr. Coats offers opinions regarding pesticide cases of many types, including:
  • Non-target / Off-target Effects
  • Residues
  • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental Contamination
  • Efficacy of Products
  • Patent Infringement
  • Dr. Coats has received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals from the American Chemical Society Agrochemical Division, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. In October he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    Resistance to conventional pesticides has been growing rapidly among all pests. Furthermore, there is increased public concern about the safety of conventional pesticides, and increased governmental restrictions have resulted in the need to identify new compounds that are safe and effective in controlling pests that are of concern to agriculture as well as to public and animal health. Biopesticides may aid in the control of such pests with fewer deleterious effects to the environment, people and animals.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This volume and the contributed chapters therein are a result of the Natural Products for Pest Management symposium held at the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA August 19-23, 2012 to honor the late Horace (Hank) Cutler and his contributions in the field of natural products chemistry. The symposium introduced recent discoveries and applications of natural products from insect, terrestrial plant, microbial, and synthetic sources for the management of insects, weeds, plant pathogenic microbes, and nematodes.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The third of three volumes based on the 2nd Pan-Pacific Conference on Pesticide Chemistry, this book examines metabolism and residue analysis methods of environmental pesticides.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The first compilation of research on microbial degradation of contaminants in the rhizosphere. Discusses the interactions between microorganisms, plants, and chemicals in the rhizosphere. Examines the degradation of industrial chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorophenol, and trichloroethylene, as well as the degradation of pesticides in the rhizosphere.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This new volume offers comprehensive information on microbial adaptation for pesticide degradation. Among the many topics covered in its 20 chapters are a general description of enhanced biodegradation as it occurs in an agricultural context; the microbial aspects of enhanced biodegradation, including the genetics, biochemistry, and ecology of pesticide-degrading microorganisms; and the potential impact of enhanced degradation on pesticide fate in aquatic systems and groundwater.
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    Julian Forbes-Laird
    Principal Consultant
    Dendron House
    Barford Road
    Blunham Bedford MK44 3ND
    GBR
    phone: 44-1767-641648
    fax: 44-1767-641648
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    Julian Forbes-Laird is a Chartered Arboriculturist, Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant, experienced Expert Witness and Principal Consultant of Forbes-Laird Arboricultural Consultancy Ltd. Mr. Forbes-Laird has a professional practice working throughout the UK and overseas. He covers all aspects of arboriculture, specializing in planning, tree safety and litigation related matters.

    Mr. Forbes-Laird is supported by a team of regionally based consultants, giving him national and international reach. He sets the standard for client service, works throughout the UK and abroad, provides commercially realistic strategic advice, prepares sensitive yet practical management plans, works within project design teams to evolve arboriculturally defensible layouts, wins planning appeals, and handles an enormous amount of work under pressing deadlines helping clients' achieve the best outcome.

    Mr. Forbes-Laird is widely recognised as an authority on legal issues pertaining to trees and is an experienced Expert Witness. His expert services include Pre-Action Case Evaluation, TPO Prosecutions, Forensic Accident Investigation and Tree Root Damage to Buildings.

    Other Services Include:
  • Planning for Developers and Local Authorities
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's)
  • Safety Inspections
  • Subsidence
  • Expert Witness
  • Landscape Design
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    John A. Harris
    Principal
    4600 Sheridan Street,Suite 403
    Hollywood FL 33021
    USA
    phone: 1-866-981-1770 or (954) 986-9405
    fax: 954-986-9406
    John A. Harris, Principal of Landscape Economics, LLC, and President of Earth Advisors, Inc., is a LANDSCAPE ECONOMIST who has worked in the Arboriculture, Forestry, landscape and horticultural fields for over 20 years. Mr. Harris has provided reputable consulting, education and project management services for a wide variety of projects across the United States and internationally, in both temperate and tropical ecosystems.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Expert Witness for Arboricultural, Landscape, Nursery Values and Conditions
  • Landscape and Tree Risk Assessments
  • Landscape and Tree Value Appraisals
  • Landscape and Tree Damage Appraisals
  • Storm Damage Assessments and Recovery Plans
  • Landscape Health and Condition Evaluations
  • Arboricultural Health and Condition Evaluations
  • Landscape, Arboricultural, Forestry, Environmental Project Management
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Environmental Permitting and Mitigation Planning
  • Environmental Permit Negotiations
  • Municipal Tree Inventory and Management Plans
  • GPS/GIS Environmental Mapping Projects
  • Forest Resources Management Plans
  • Grounds Maintenance Practices
  • Arboricultural Practices
  • 8/2/2012 · Plants & Trees
    The number of storms in recent years increases the need for better tree and landscape decisions for property owners. Research regarding landscape damages for different storm intensities, what plants get knocked down by winds more often, and priorities for landscape restoration have been intensified by many southern state universities' forestry and horticultural departments.

    Trees and landscapes have been valued since humans were given gardens for food and enjoyment. Once people determined how to harvest seeds, how to plant gardens and landscapes, and how to relocate trees and plants, then decisions about what to use and what not to use began to set values for plants. It is this author's opinion that these practices logically date back to the beginning of history.

    3/7/2012 · Plants & Trees
    The value of a tree can only be determined if we agree. Any value given, whether by a layperson or a professional, is real when another person involved in the process agrees to that value. The value used in the final decision can also be a different value from the one determined by the experts who worked on it (especially when the experts worked on different sides of a valuation case).

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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    Founder
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    USA
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
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    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 30 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    Vehicles
    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Diacetyl, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    Agriculture
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    Construction
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Engineering Professor at the University of Michigan and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 30 years of experience as an engineering expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, COF testing, recreational vehicle safety (boats, ATVs and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, ANSI, ASTM, UL, CPSC).


    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.




    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
    Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
    Mark R. Lehto & James M. Miller
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    James M. Miller, Mark R. Lehto
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    Eric H. Hoyer
    Post Office Box 564
    32745 Pennsylvania Avenue
    San Antonio FL 33576
    USA
    phone: 352-588-2580
    fax: 352-588-2206
    Eric H. Hoyer is a Certified Arborist involved in all aspects of Forestry and Arboriculture on both private and public lands. A Registered Consulting Arborist through ASCA, his background includes timber sales, reforestation, prescribed burning, management plans, herbiciding and appraisals. Mr. Hoyer coordinates site prep and herbicide / reforestation contractors and has experience with site preparation and reclamation planting on phosphate mines. He has also been a party to several real estate transactions involving acreage.

    Mr. Hoyer has been involved in numerous court cases, providing depositions and serving as a qualified expert witness. His clients have included attorneys, landowners, homeowners, governmental entities, appraisers and others.

    Services Offered:
  • Forestry Management
  • Forest Management Plans
  • Urban Forestry Management Plans
  • Timber Appraisals
  • Tree Inventories
  • Tree Risk Assessments
  • Tree Appraisals
  • Protection of Trees During Construction
  • Expert Testimony
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    Dr. Tracey D. Carrillo
    Ph.D.
    P.O. Box 913
    Mesilla Park NM
    USA
    phone: 575-639-5110 or 575-650-9463
    Dr. Tracey D. Carrillo provides reliable, accurate Expert Services and Consulting for Agricultural, Environmental, Biological and Ecological related issues. Clientele have included; Legal Firms, Insurance Companies, Private Parties, as well as State and Federal entities. Pro Ag consultants serves the entire US and Canada. Some of Dr. Carrillo's past cases have included areas of: herbicide drift, disease transmission, insurance evaluation for crop failure, pesticide misuse, vaporization of herbicides to non targets, environmental impact from pesticide misuse, fungicide misapplication, and others. Expertise Includes:
    • Herbicide misuse
    • Soil Contamination
    • Pesticides
    • Plant physiology
    • Fertilizer Applications
    • Crop Loss
    • Plant Diseases
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    John Booth
    Director & Principal Consultant
    242 Highfields Park
    Derby DE22 1JY
    GBR
    phone: 01332-556307
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    Mark WilliamsJohn Booth, the Principal Consultant and Practice Director of Sylvanus Arboricultural Consultants Ltd., is a Chartered Aboricuturalist and Chartered Environmentalist and one of the UK’s most widely qualified Arboricultural Consultants. He has over 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors and has written numerous articles and papers for respected publications including the International Journal of Urban Forestry for which he is also a referee.

    Mr. Booth and Sylvanus Ltd. are regularly instructed by both developers and Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) who are keen to ensure a satisfactory outcome from the planning process, (i.e. an appropriate balance between tree retention and realizing a site's development potential). All such work is carried out in accordance with the guiding principles of British Standard 5837 ‘Trees in Relation to Construction – Recommendations.’

    Mr. Booth is a Bond Solon/Cardiff University trained Expert Witness and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He has many years experience in both courtroom and planning enquiries.

    Services Include:

  • Tree Inspection & Survey - Single Tree, Large Population, Mortgage Lending, Safety and Subsidence Issues
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and Conservation Areas - Detailed Specifications for Tree Work Applications for Trees with Statutory Protection
  • Trees and Development - Tree Surveys for Submission with Planning Applications
    Tree Constraints Plans (TCP’s)
    Tree Protection Plans (TPP’s)
    Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA)
    Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)

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    Russell E. Carlson
    RCA, BCMA
    114 Grand Canyon Court
    Bear DE 19701
    USA
    phone: 302-832-1911
    Russell E. Carlson, DBA Tree Tech Consulting, is a Registered Consulting Arborist, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and Forensic Arborist.

    Qualifications:
  • Member, American Society of Consulting Arborists
  • Registered Consulting Arborist #354, 1994
  • Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, 2002-2010
  • Member: International Society of Arboriculture
  • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist #PD-0008B, 1983
  • ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor
  • Court-approved witness in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

    Services: With more than 36 years of experience in Arboriculture, Tree Tech Consulting offers services in the following area:
  • Diagnosis of Tree and Landscape Problems
  • Risk Assessment and Hazardous Tree Inspections
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Litigation and Insurance Support
  • Tree and Landscape Appraisal and Valuation
  • Arboricultural Practices
  • Insect and Disease Identification
  • Tree Protection and Management for Construction
  • Preparation of Contract Specifications
  • Tree Care and Management Programs
  • Tree and Landscape Inventories
  • 11/6/2012 · Plants & Trees
    To preserve certain mature trees within a construction site some precautions must be taken to assure that neither the trunk, limbs nor root system of the tree are excessively damaged.

    2/25/2011 · Expert Witnessing
    Remember when you were a kid? Remember when Mom or Dad told you to eat the asparagus?