Along with Edward W. Nelson, Edward Alphonso Goldman undertook extensive biological explorations in Mexico between 1892 and 1906. In the preface to Goldman’s book, Biological Explorations in Mexico, Hartley Jackson called the results of their biological explorations, ‘the most important work ever achieved by two workers in any single country.’ Goldman also worked in the north, publishing with Stanley Young the definitive volume The Wolves of North America in 1944.
Goldman began work as Nelson’s assistant in 1891, and gained a federal appointment in 1892. He later was the head of the U.S. Biological Survey’s Divisions of Biological investigations and Big Game and Bird Reservations. He was appointed an associate in zoology at the Smithsonian 1928, and provided technical expertise to the American delegation that negotiated the Convention for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Game Mammal between the United States and Mexico.