Professor Gordon Bell retired from the University on the 15th March 2015 after almost 17 years of service to the Institute of Aquaculture. Prior to this he was 12 years as part of the NERC Unit of Aquatic Biochemistry based in Biology at the University. Gordon has been an outstanding contributor to the life of the University as a Professor in the Aquaculture Nutrition research group within the Institute of Aquaculture. His research has given new understanding of biochemistry and nutrition of fish, particularly salmonids, defined the importance of seafood intake in human nutrition particularly with respect to neurodevelopmental disorders and Omega 3 fatty acids, and he has worked on the vital issue of replacement of dietary fish oil and meal with plant based alternatives, particularly relevant in reducing marine resource extraction for feed.
To mark his retirement there was an evening dinner at Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling. At the dinner Gordon was presented with a collection of retiral gifts from his colleagues including a fishing net and golf shoes which will be used well during his retirement. There were also presentations on behalf of Marine Harvest and Biomar where Davy Corrigan and Paddy Campbell highlighted the many successful collaborations with the Nutrition Group over the years.
All of us at the Institute of Aquaculture would like to take this opportunity to wish Gordon well in his retirement.