Peter Maitland Research Building


In 2014, following a £7M regeneration project, a new facility was opened at Rowardennan . Renamed the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), it comprises a teaching building named for Dr. Harry Slack and a research building named for Professor Peter Mailtland.

The Peter Maitland Research Building is a facility at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment located on the banks of Loch Lomond.

It is named for Professor Peter Maitland. Peter Maitland first visited the Rossdhu Field Station as an undergraduate student during the 1950s to study freshwater biology as part of a bachelors degree in Zoology under Dr Harry Slack. An important aim of the field courses was for students to learn to record how the animals were distributed in the water, a skill employed frequently by Maitland in later research. The Field Station not only provided a stimulating, educational environment, Maitland also described it as having a ‘happy and informal atmosphere’ for students; Slack even invited his classes to his home for a meal at the end of each of course.

Maitland went on to study for a PhD supervised by Slack and submitted his thesis ‘Ecological studies on the fauna of the River Endrick’ in 1963. The River Endrick, which runs into Loch Lomond, was central to Maitland’s early research and the unique research facilities offered by the University Field Staions greatly aided his work. He later returned to this research, demonstrating the importance of the area to the study of freshwater ecology and the conservation particularly of fish. During his doctoral years he also conducted other research, such as sampling and netting for Powan (Coregonus lavaretus), one of the rarest fish in Scotland and native to only two lochs.

After completing his PhD Maitland became an assistant lecturer and then lecturer in 1966 at the University of Glasgow. During this time he continued his work on the Powan, including the threat it faced from the introduced species, the Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus) and wider research on fish ecology at Loch Lomond.

Maitland was appointed to the Nature Conservancy (later the Nature Conservancy Council) in 1967. He was later appointed to the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology and taught at the University of St Andrews. Since retiring in 1986 he has continued his work on fish conservation and ecology as an independent freshwater biologist. Maitland is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is a Visiting Professor at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE).


Peter Maitland Research Building
The Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment is on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in west central Scotland (56.13o N, 4.13o W)
Record last updated: 23rd Oct 2020