Chris J Peterson

Dr. Chris J Peterson

University of Georgia
1530 Calls Creek Circle
Watkinsville , GA 30677
Mobile: 706-347-2336
Office: 706-542-3754

Dr. Peterson has been an internationally-recognized expert in wind damage to trees and forests for over 25 years. Beginning with his PhD earned in 1992 from Rutgers University, Dr. Peterson has published nearly 70 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals on topics of wind damage to trees and forests. In particular, Dr. Peterson has developed expertise in tree biomechanics, ecological effects of wind damage, and modeling of wind effects in forests. Beginning in 2018, Dr. Peterson has served as expert witness on four cases, in California, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Georgia, with two of those leading to depositions. Dr. Peterson for eight years served as a consultant to the California Dept. of Water Resources, on efforts to develop standards for management of trees on river levees, with the goal of reducing wind impacts. In addition, Dr. Peterson collaborates with meteorologists and engineers in the latest revision of the EF-scale wind rating system, chairing the working group on tree damage.

Areas of Expertise
  • Forestry
  • Tree/Arborist
  • Weather & Meteorology

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: B.S. Biology & Environmental Science, 1985, Taylor University
Ph.D. Ecology, 1992, Rutgers University
Postdoctoral Research, 1992-1994, Princeton University
Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, 1994-present, University of Georgia
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Civil Engineers Wind Speed Estimation Committee
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching faculty at University of Georgia for > 25 years. Seven distinct courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 2019 recipient of University of Georgia teaching award, "Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching". Associate or guest editor for three different international scientific journals. Nearly 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 4
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Tree damage, wind effects on trees
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 2
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 2
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 2
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2019
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 4
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, site inspections, forensic analysis of tree damage
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $200/hr.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $200/hr.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $250/hr.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $250/hr.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $150/hr for travel time; $250/night for nights away from home; reimbursement of meals, airfare, cab fees, parking, and incidentals while traveling.


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