Dr. Goddard is an extension medical/veterinary entomologist at MSU where he is consultant on all aspects of medical/veterinary entomology statewide. He sets up and supervises entomological projects and vector control demonstration programs relating to animal and human health throughout the state of Mississippi. He also designs and implements research projects concerning insect vector ecology or control.
He was formerly the State Medical Entomologist at the Mississippi Department of Health, and also held two appointments in the School of Medicine, The University of Mississippi Medical Center - Clinical Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biological science from the University of Mississippi in 1979 and 1981, and his Ph. D. degree in medical entomology from Mississippi State University in 1984. In December of 1985 he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and served as a medical entomologist in the Epidemiology Division of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas, for three and a half years.
In 1988 he was named Best Academic Instructor in the Residents in Aerospace Medicine Course and Company Grade Officer of the Year. Since March of 1989 Dr. Goddard has been serving in the capacity of State Medical Entomologist at the Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, Mississippi, where he designs, implements, and supervises all vector control programs relating to public health throughout the state of Mississippi.
Dr. Goddard has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific publications in the field of medical entomology and is the author of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases Affecting Military Personnel, published by the U.S. Air Force, as well as Infectious Diseases and Arthropods, published by Humana Press. He was recently featured in Reader's Digest and on a series entitled "Living with Bugs" on the Learning Channel. In 2001, Dr. Goddard published a novel about a mosquito-borne disease outbreak entitled, The Well of Destiny, and in 2006, published another novel, this time about virus behavior entitled, Vital Forces. Dr. Goddard frequently presents seminars and guest lectures nationally and internationally on Arthropods and Medicine and related topics. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Mississippi Mosquito and Vector Control Association, and the Mississippi Entomological Association. His main research interests are the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, but he also publishes on a wide range of medically important arthropods.