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Ken Goddard

Director of the National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, NY Times Best-Selling Fiction Author

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 Ken Goddard Biography

Ken Goddard is a police and wildlife forensic scientist who transitioned his early law enforcement career as a young criminalist, deputy sheriff and homicide crime scene investigator --- digging up victims in shallow graves in the Mohave desert, and reconstructing the events that lead to their often violent deaths --- to directing a small police crime laboratory in southern California, and finally to developing and directing the first (and sadly, still only) full service crime laboratory for wildlife law enforcement in the world.

As developer and director of the National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, located in Ashland, Oregon, Goddard’s team of wildlife forensics experts in veterinary pathology, genetics, criminalistics, analytical chemistry and morphology (the identification of hides, hair, fur, feathers, teeth, skulls, and bones back to their species source) provide forensic expertise and evidence identification services to the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Special Agents, and Wildlife Inspectors at ports of entry. Goddard’s wildlife forensics lab is, by treaty, the official crime lab for the 182+ signatory countries of CITES (Conventional on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and the official crime lab of the Wildlife Working Group of Interpol.

As a wildlife forensics and CSI expert, Goddard has trained Wildlife Rangers throughout sub-Saharan Africa to work elephant and rhino kill sites like homicide crime scenes. In addition, Goddard wrote a pair of non-fiction texts on police crime scene investigation, as well as a wildlife-oriented CSI and Evidence Handling Manual for Interpol’s Wildlife Working Group.

Goddard also utilized his land-based CSI expertise to assist a team of international marine biologists to apply CSI techniques to damaged coral reefs, a project that required him to quickly become certified as a scuba diver in one of southern Oregon’s 45-degree, mountain-stream-fed lakes. As Goddard cheerfully admits during his lectures, at the onset, everything he knew about CSI on land just didn’t work in the open ocean. He couldn’t set a perimeter around the huge coral reef crime scenes, his evidence location tags floated away, the currents made CSI photography frustratingly difficult, and he wasn’t used to worrying about his neutral buoyancy, how deep he was, where his dive buddy was at, and how much air he had left in his tank … much less having things that bite show up at his crime scenes!

Goddard has given talks to a wide range of national and international training sessions, meetings and conventions on wildlife forensics, including a TEDx talk in the middle of the Amazon jungle, a memorable presentation cheerfully watched by several hundred environmental activists and one apparently curious crocodile.

Driven by what he admits was probably mental health at the onset of his fiction writing career, Goddard is a NY Times best-selling author of eleven ‘thriller’ fiction novels on the topics of terrorism and the Olympics, designer drugs, crazed burglars (who cut holes in living room floors and wait for their victims like trap-door spiders), wildlife law enforcement, and what might be actual physical evidence of extraterrestrial contact … a series of three novels inspired by Goddard’s appearance on Art Bell’s ‘Coast to Coast’ radio show.

A Canadian TV Production Company is currently adapting three of Goddard's wildlife law enforcement novels into a TV series.

As a result of his police and wildlife CSI expertise, and successful fiction-writing of CSI-themed novels, Goddard also functioned as an informal advisor to the CBS CSI TV shows, often telling the script writers (who really didn’t care) that they were getting it wrong, that there was no such thing as a criminalist, CSI and detective … or, at least, there shouldn’t be, he would add, explaining that his job as a CSI/criminalist was to search for evidence linking the suspects, victims and the crime scenes, not to hunt down the bad guys! That was a task he would save for his fictional police and wildlife law enforcement heroes.

Note: due to Federal ethics rules, while Goddard is still employed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (expected to be the present through December, 2020), he is not allowed to give presentations to entities having a financial relationship with that Service.

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  • Wildlife CSI & Forensics; Wildlife Law Enforcement; Best-selling Fiction Author; Environmental Writers and Authors; Environmental Scientists and Researchers; Wildlife Experts; Conservationists; Teamwork and Team Building; Technology Experts; Science and E

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Ken Goddard

Director of the National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, NY Times Best-Selling Fiction Author

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Ken Goddard Biography

Ken Goddard is a police and wildlife forensic scientist who transitioned his early law enforcement career as a young criminalist, deputy sheriff and homicide crime scene investigator --- digging up victims in shallow graves in the Mohave desert, and reconstructing the events that lead to their often violent deaths --- to directing a small police crime laboratory in southern California, and finally to developing and directing the first (and sadly, still only) full service crime laboratory for wildlife law enforcement in the world.

As developer and director of the National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, located in Ashland, Oregon, Goddard’s team of wildlife forensics experts in veterinary pathology, genetics, criminalistics, analytical chemistry and morphology (the identification of hides, hair, fur, feathers, teeth, skulls, and bones back to their species source) provide forensic expertise and evidence identification services to the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Special Agents, and Wildlife Inspectors at ports of entry. Goddard’s wildlife forensics lab is, by treaty, the official crime lab for the 182+ signatory countries of CITES (Conventional on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and the official crime lab of the Wildlife Working Group of Interpol.

As a wildlife forensics and CSI expert, Goddard has trained Wildlife Rangers throughout sub-Saharan Africa to work elephant and rhino kill sites like homicide crime scenes. In addition, Goddard wrote a pair of non-fiction texts on police crime scene investigation, as well as a wildlife-oriented CSI and Evidence Handling Manual for Interpol’s Wildlife Working Group.

Goddard also utilized his land-based CSI expertise to assist a team of international marine biologists to apply CSI techniques to damaged coral reefs, a project that required him to quickly become certified as a scuba diver in one of southern Oregon’s 45-degree, mountain-stream-fed lakes. As Goddard cheerfully admits during his lectures, at the onset, everything he knew about CSI on land just didn’t work in the open ocean. He couldn’t set a perimeter around the huge coral reef crime scenes, his evidence location tags floated away, the currents made CSI photography frustratingly difficult, and he wasn’t used to worrying about his neutral buoyancy, how deep he was, where his dive buddy was at, and how much air he had left in his tank … much less having things that bite show up at his crime scenes!

Goddard has given talks to a wide range of national and international training sessions, meetings and conventions on wildlife forensics, including a TEDx talk in the middle of the Amazon jungle, a memorable presentation cheerfully watched by several hundred environmental activists and one apparently curious crocodile.

Driven by what he admits was probably mental health at the onset of his fiction writing career, Goddard is a NY Times best-selling author of eleven ‘thriller’ fiction novels on the topics of terrorism and the Olympics, designer drugs, crazed burglars (who cut holes in living room floors and wait for their victims like trap-door spiders), wildlife law enforcement, and what might be actual physical evidence of extraterrestrial contact … a series of three novels inspired by Goddard’s appearance on Art Bell’s ‘Coast to Coast’ radio show.

A Canadian TV Production Company is currently adapting three of Goddard's wildlife law enforcement novels into a TV series.

As a result of his police and wildlife CSI expertise, and successful fiction-writing of CSI-themed novels, Goddard also functioned as an informal advisor to the CBS CSI TV shows, often telling the script writers (who really didn’t care) that they were getting it wrong, that there was no such thing as a criminalist, CSI and detective … or, at least, there shouldn’t be, he would add, explaining that his job as a CSI/criminalist was to search for evidence linking the suspects, victims and the crime scenes, not to hunt down the bad guys! That was a task he would save for his fictional police and wildlife law enforcement heroes.

Note: due to Federal ethics rules, while Goddard is still employed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (expected to be the present through December, 2020), he is not allowed to give presentations to entities having a financial relationship with that Service.

Ken Goddard Videos

  • Solving Crimes Against Animals With Forensic Experts
    Founded in 1988 by former crime scene investigator Ken Goddard, the lab could be mistaken for something out of a television show—except for ...

Ken Goddard Speaking Topics

  • Wildlife CSI & Forensics; Wildlife Law Enforcement; Best-selling Fiction Author; Environmental Writers and Authors; Environmental Scientists and Researchers; Wildlife Experts; Conservationists; Teamwork and Team Building; Technology Experts; Science and E

FAQs on booking Ken Goddard

  • How to book Ken Goddard?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ken Goddard for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ken Goddard, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ken Goddard or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ken Goddard?

    Booking fees for Ken Goddard, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ken Goddard, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ken Goddard?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ken Goddard for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ken Goddard for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ken Goddard or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ken Goddard or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ken Goddard is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ken Goddard for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Ken Goddard generally travels from Medford, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tim Flannery, Bindi Irwin, Dr. Jane Goodall, Nick Wobbrock and Mark Tercek. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ken Goddard for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Ken Goddard Speaker Videos

  • Solving Crimes Against Animals With Forensic Experts
    Founded in 1988 by former crime scene investigator Ken Goddard, the lab could be mistaken for something out of a television show—except for ...

Ken Goddard Speaking Topics

  • Wildlife CSI & Forensics; Wildlife Law Enforcement; Best-selling Fiction Author; Environmental Writers and Authors; Environmental Scientists and Researchers; Wildlife Experts; Conservationists; Teamwork and Team Building; Technology Experts; Science and E

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