Dr James J Green 1967-2002

Originally published in the June 2002 edition of the Membership Newsletter (No.41)

Dr James J Green 1967-2002

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Dr James Green, aged 35 years.

James studied for his PhD at the Macaulay on a NERC case studentship, jointly with the University of Stirling, from 1989 to 1992.  He was awarded his doctorate in 1992, with an excellent thesis entitled ‘Fine root dynamics in a Bornean Rain Forest’.  He continued to work at the Macaulay Institute until his appointment as group leader in Indonesia on ‘Project Barito’, studying plant-animal interactions in relation to the conservation and regeneration of forested areas.

In 1994 he then began as a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Stirling, followed by a post in the Geobotanics Institute at the University of Bern.   In 1988 he joined SAC’s Environment Division as a Research Officer working on the physiology ofo Mediterranean woody perennials, and continued at SAC until March this year working on a NERC funded project (as a part of GANE) examining the behaviour of organic nitrogen in soils.  In April this year he started a new position as Soil Science Advisory Officer with SNH in Edinburgh.

He was an excellent research scientist, working with enthusiasm, passion and with a deep understanding and love of the rainforest ecosystem.  Many will recall his friendly, gently and kind nature.  He was a keen, good all round cricketer, naturally athletic in the field and known for his fast and accurate bowling.

We will miss him.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Shelagh and his family at this sad time.

Provided by Dr Bob Rees, Env. Division, SAC Edinburgh