With over 15 years of experience, he has organized crews and equipment for national and international field expeditions in an effort to help build our dinosaur collection. He has done everything from prospecting, discovering, documenting, and collecting fossil material which is then brought into the lab and cleaned thoroughly using state-of-the-art equipment, materials, and techniques. These fossil materials are often molded, cast, and painted for exhibition or exchanged with other institutions.
His service in the United States Marine Corps after high school prepared him well for the many harsh conditions often faced when doing fieldwork. He also pursued careers in special effects makeup and as an embalmer, specializing in restorative art (the reconstruction of severely traumatized human remains). These skills are well supplemented by college studies in geology and biology. For Goodreau, it is hard to fathom how his childhood fascination with dinosaurs would come full circle with the fossil preparation work at the Dinosaur Institute