Prof Stephen Goldson has worked for 30 years on long-term projects focused mainly on the biological suppression of New Zealand’s worst exotic pasture pest species. This is an area he continues to contribute to.
Between 2004-2007 he worked as the Chief Science Strategist in the Crown Research Institute (CRI), AgResearch and was Director of the multiorganisational research collaboration known as Better Border Biosecurity (B3). He is on the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and is strategist to the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, concentrating mainly on CRI and environmental issues.
In 2007 Stephen was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to primary industries research. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science (1998), a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London (2000) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2006). In 2009 he was elected to the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand and between 2009 and 2012 acted as Vice-President, Biological and Life Sciences. In 2011-12 he was Chair of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
In 2014, Stephen was nominated as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to science in the New Year's Honours List.