A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
Dr Rod Wootten; a much loved friend and colleague
November 2013

Dr Rod Wootten; a much loved friend and colleague grove

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Rod Wootten on Friday 8th November 2013. Rod joined the Institute of Aquaculture from the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen in October 1988 and worked as Assistant Director to Ron Roberts and then Deputy Director to Randolph Richards until his retiral in August 2011. Rod loved the Institute and played a key role in our development over this period and his wise counsel, outstanding patience and ready support will have been experienced by many reading these words. He was a leading proponent of the use of an 'open-door' policy in encouraging a collegiate atmosphere within the department and encouraged close interaction at all staffing levels, ensuring strong teamwork and motivation which has remained the hallmark of the Institute. Rod also worked with Prof Chris Sommerville, and contributed to developing the outstanding reputation of the Institute in the area of fish parasitology, one of his enduring interests. Indeed, as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Fish Diseases he had a guiding influence on the academic development of the sector.

Rod always remained level-headed and calm in the face of controversy and was a master at defusing potentially explosive situations. A large number of Masters and Doctoral students passed through his hands and all benefitted from his experience, knowledge and keen intellect. Many now hold very senior positions in academia and the aquaculture industry throughout the world. He tutored large numbers of international students and was very active in exchanges and joint programmes overseas and was a first-class ambassador for the University of Stirling. His passing has created a great sense of loss amongst his friends and colleagues.

His loss creates a great gap in all our lives.

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Rod was an exceptional scientist and a great mentor. His door was always open and one always left his office with sage advice. He certainly made a difference for me and my career. The field of fish pathology is richer for having known him. Myron from Canada.

Donated by Myron Roth

16th January 2014

A kind and balanced man with an understanding, calm and encouraging manner.

Donated by Garry Milwain

14th January 2014

Donated by Herve Migaud

10th January 2014

Donated by Chris Sommerville, Lindsay Ross, Randolph Richards, The Coelacanths

7th January 2014

We dedicate this living tribute to the life of our dear friend and colleague. Rod had a great love of the natural world and these trees will be a fitting, long lasting memorial from Everyone in the Institute of Aquaculture.

Donated by The Institute of Aquaculture

7th January 2014

A teacher who showed, more than lectured; A researcher who collaborated, more than competed; A reviewer who inspired, more than criticized; A manager who led, more than ordered; A colleague we'll miss, more than we know.

Donated by John Bostock

27th December 2013

Donated by Rachel Norman

5th December 2013

Donated by Brendan McAndrew

5th December 2013

2nd December 2013

In fond memory of your time at the Marine Lab, Aberdeen

Donated by Carey Cunningham

27th November 2013

Donated by Trevor Hastings

22nd November 2013

Donated by Jessica Mehers

22nd November 2013

To a great mentor and colleague, May this one grove sustain a thriving community as you did. Eric and Sara

Donated by Eric Leclercq

20th November 2013

Donated by Christina SOMMERVILLE

20th November 2013

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The trees in this grove will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

Scots pine against a summer blue sky.
Twinflowers in bloom on pine woodland floor.
A Scotch argus butterfly on common ragwort.
Dr Rod Wootten; a much loved friend and colleague's grove
Trees in this grove: 68

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