Alison Stewart



Alison Stewart leads Scion’s forest science activities including forest protection, genetics, systems and informatics. The roles and posts she holds include:

  • Member of the Advisory Board of Better Border Biosecurity (B3) a government funded research consortium focused on the development and delivery of biosecurity solutions.
  • Member of the Board of Management of the Bio-Protection Research Centre, a government funded Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) focused on the development of new bioprotection technologies.
  • Scion’s representative on the Specialty Wood Products (SWP) science advisory board.
  • Scion’s key science relationship manager with MPI, FOA, FFA and a range of other industry and government agencies with an interest in the forestry sector.
  • Chair of the programme overview committee for the government funded "Healthy Trees, Healthy Future” programme.
  • External Advisor for the PGG Wrightson-led Primary Growth Project on ‘Pasture seed bioinoculants’
  • Founding director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University (2003-2011)
  • Previous board positions include Deputy Chair of the Board of Plant and Food Research Ltd and The Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide.

Alison maintains strategic relationships with a range of key clients and stakeholders both locally and internationally. She has successfully developed and commercialised a number of bioprotection technologies for the agriculture, horticulture and nursery sectors in NZ and the US. Alison is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to biology in 2009. She is the author of 208 refereed journal publications and more than 300 other significant research outputs and has been invited to present many keynote addresses to international conferences.  Alison has supervised 65 PhD, 21 Masters, and 5 Honours students and is actively involved in science mentoring programmes both in NZ and internationally.