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Dr. Nicholas is a wood scientist with extensive experience in many aspects of wood products used by utilities and general construction firms, with major emphasis on wood failure due to biological decay and chemical degradation. He has been involved in the wood preservation industry and academia for over 40 years. His experience includes lab and field evaluation of wood preservative systems and extensive experience in evaluating the performance and failure of wood products--utility poles, decks, fences, siding, framing etc.--due to biological decay and termite attack. He has provided litigation support and expert testimony to a number of legal firms.