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James Hutton Institute mourns staff killed in accident

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It is with deep regret that we can confirm Dr Stewart Rhind and Dr Julian Dawson sadly lost their lives in the crash on the A90 on Friday 8 March as they returned from a meeting in Stirling. Both were valued and respected colleagues who will be sorely missed.

Stewart joined the Hill Farming Research Organisation, a predecessor of the current organisation, on 1 April 1979 and worked at the Institute ever since. During his years with us Stewart had conducted a wide range of research including nutrition and reproduction in sheep and cattle, cashmere production in goats, behaviour and welfare of red deer and the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds. He was also the postgraduate student liaison officer for the Aberdeen site.

Julian completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2000. He briefly worked at the Macaulay Land Use Research institute in the early 1990s and returned to work with us in 2010. Julian’s research interests encompassed biogeochemical and hydrological processes within riverine catchment systems.

The third member of staff involved in the accident has been released from hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery.

We are continuing to offer whatever support we can to the families.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.