Stephen Goldson has been actively involved in pest management and biosecurity research for 35 years, during which time he has made a significant contribution to the suppression of New Zealand’s exotic grassland pests using parasitoid wasp biological control agents. He has also made early attempts at developing technology to improve sea container biosecurity. In the mid-2000s Goldson worked as AgResearch’s Chief Science Strategist and he continues to work for AgResearch as a Principal Scientist.
Goldson played a significant role in founding the government-funded Bio-Protection Research Centre based at Lincoln University where he is now a Theme Leader and active researcher.
Since 2010 he has worked as Strategic Advisor to Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, focused particularly on agriculture, environment and Crown Research Institutes.
In 2011 Goldson was vice-President of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Biological and Life Sciences) and Chairman of its Academy. In 2012 Goldson was appointed Chair of the Landcare Research Science Advisory Panel and in 2013 he was appointed a trustee of Motu.
He was President of the New Zealand Plant Protection Society Inc. between 2001 and 2003 and has contributed to a large number of New Zealand MPI’s technical advisory groups established to deal with pest and disease incursions. He has been a member of several national science policy advisory groups and in 1996-97 worked as science adviser to the then Minister of Research, Science and Technology, the Rt. Hon. Simon Upton.
In 1999 Goldson was appointed by Cabinet to the New Zealand Independent Biotechnology Advisory Council. In 2005 he was appointed to the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and in 2006 joined the National Science Panel. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2007 he won the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to primary industries research.
His current research interests include the seasonal physiology and ecology of weevil pasture pest species and their suppression using parasitoid wasps.