After receiving his B.Sc in Physics from Washington State University in 1989 he spent 11 years as an environmental chemist specializing in organic compounds using both gas and liquid chromatography.
Since joining PAL in 2001, Rick has focused on pesticide residue analysis and method development. PAL is an ISO 17025:2005 accredited laboratory with a broad range of sample types raging from fruits and vegetables to dried hops and herbal extracts. Rick has been an active participant in the North American Chemical Residue Workshop as an attendee and presenter since 2009. He has co-authored numerous publications, application notes, and posters related to the analysis of pesticide residues. He is involved in method development for both target residue analysis and large comprehensive screening methods.