Alicia Goode is an award winning wildlife artist and museum professional living in Oakland, California. She has spent the last 20 years working in the natural history field. Alicia has had an interest in the earth sciences from the time she was old enough to screw the lid on a jelly jar. As a kid, she loved to collect insects, bones, and pet reptiles, and she cleaned deer skulls for her dad in her parents' basement for a few dollars a piece (luckily, she had supportive parents). At 13, Alicia began volunteering for a natural history shop after school. By the time she was in high school, she was running all of the prep operations for the company- maintaining the dermestid beetle colony, articulating skeletons, mounting insects, restoring & reconstructing fossils, repairing old taxidermy, and meeting lots of interesting folks along the way. This was the venue through which she made lasting connections with museum workers, collectors, and other preparators in the area. Alicia received training in the traditional methods of specimen preservation for museum collections through the internships and many volunteer hours logged as a young adult with curatorial & collections staff at several Bay Area institutions.
Throughout the years, Alicia has worked as Senior Preparator for The Bone Room in Berkeley, CA (1996-2005), Wildlife Rehabilitator for the Lindsay Wildlife Museum (2003-2007), Curatorial Assistant & Specimen Preparator- working in the labs and collections of the Dept. of Ornithology & Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences (2006-2012), and since 2010 has been on a team of Preparator staff that rebuilt the Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California. While working on the OMCA renovation project, Alicia made models, refurbished old exhibits, completed over 70 new pieces of taxidermy for permanent display, and fabricated plants & foreground for dioramas. She is currently working at OMCA as Taxidermist & Exhibit Preparator in the Museum's Creative Production Center.
Outside of her 9 to 5, Alicia takes commissions for hunters, private collectors, nature centers, and museums across the country.
If you would like to get in touch, please visit the CONTACT page of this site, or send an email to: email@example.com.
California Academy of Sciences- Research Division & Exhibits Dept., San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California- Oakland, CA
Cinnabar Design- Los Angeles, CA
American Museum of Natural History- Traveling Exhibitions, New York City, NY
WildCare Bay Area- Terwilliger Nature Education Center, San Rafael, CA
Stanford University- Stanford, CA
East Bay Regional Parks- Berkeley, CA
Livermore Area Recreation & Park District- Livermore, CA
Treasure Bay Inc. (We Both Read children's book, "About Bats")- Novato, CA
U.S. National Park Service- Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, CA
U.S. National Park Service- Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt/City of Oakland, Oakland, CA