Kenneth “Ken” W. Goddard

Kenneth “Ken” W. Goddard

Title: Laboratory Director
Company: National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory
Location: Ashland, Oregon, United States

Kenneth “Ken” W. Goddard

Kenneth “Ken” W. Goddard, Laboratory Director at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in forensic science.

Drawing upon 50 years of industry experience, Mr. Goddard is a distinguished figure in the field of forensic science. Serving as the laboratory director of the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, the first national and international wildlife crime laboratory in the world, since 1987, he previously held the position of chief of the forensics branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, DC, from 1979 to 1987. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was the chief criminalist for the Huntington Beach Police Department from 1972 to 1979, a criminalist for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office from 1969 to 1972, and a criminalist for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office from 1968 to 1969.

Mr. Goddard holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science in criminalistics from California State University. A charter member of the Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors and The American Association of Crime Laboratory Directors, he is also affiliated with the Authors Guild and Mystery Writers of America. A prolific author, he has penned 14 books since 1972, most recently including “Interpol Wildlife CSI Manual” in 2014.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Goddard served the International Coral Reef CSI Program as an advisor and instructor from 2006 to 2012, having also been an investigator of damaged coral reefs for the International Coral Reef CSI Investigators and a fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of forensics, Mr. Goddard has accrued numerous accolades, most recently including the Special Achievement Award from the San Diego Zoological Society in 2008 and the Clark R. Bavin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Combating Crimes Against Wildlife from the Animal Welfare Institute in 1994. Previously winning the Guy Bradley Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, he was also honored with the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from the University of California, Riverside, in 1992. His first accolade was received in 1989, when he was named one of the Ten Most Outstanding Supervisors and Managers by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Married to Georgene “Gena” Shitara since 1968, Mr. Goddard is the proud father of one daughter and one granddaughter. He has been highlighted in the 59th edition of Who’s Who in America, as well as several editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the West.


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