• Staff

Staff at Newton and Lairg Field Stations

Alistair MacLeodAlistair MacLeod - Field Station Manager

Alistair leads the Newton team and has responsibility for the management of a wide range of experiments with particular emphasis on silviculture in the Northern and Western Isles, woodland shelter and Continuous Cover Forestry. He is also a field inspector covering the Forest Reproductive Materials Directives in North Scotland.

Research and administration staff

The majority of field work is carried out by a team of eight permanent Research Workers divided between Newton and our field station at Lairg in Sutherland. Fixed Term Appointments and contract labour supplement the team during seasonal peaks in the work programme.

  • Fraser McBirnie
    Fraser McBirnie
  • Colin Smart
    Colin Smart
  • Stuart McBirnie
    Stuart McBirnie
  • Stephen O’Kane
    Stephen O'Kane

Fraser McBirnie is particularly skilled in habitat and botanical surveys. He also possesses a wide range of other forest ecology skills and experience.

Colin Smart, Stuart McBirnie and Stephen O’Kane, the other field staff based at Newton, carry out a range of experiment management work and ecological surveys across North Scotland.

  • Sandy Bowran
    Sandy Bowran
  • Duncan Williams
    Duncan Williams
  • Hazel Andrew
    Hazel Andrew

Sandy Bowran, based at Lairg Field Station, has built up an extensive knowledge of experiment layout and management.

Duncan Williams has skills in ecological surveys, particularly in vegetation and entomology. Duncan is the moth recorder for Caithness and Sutherland and has an HND in Environmental Science.

Hazel Andrew carries out administration and office management for both stations.

The team at Newton have been supplemented by staff taken on specifically to deliver the Native Woodland of Scotland Survey to Forestry Commission Scotland:

  • Martin Mackinnon