Dr Bill Cotching - Soil Management in Tasmania

Soil management and research, Tasmania, Australia

Qualifications

PhD (Tasmania, Australia) 2006

MSc (Waikato, New Zealand) 1978

BSc (Waikato, New Zealand) 1976;

Grad Dip Environmental Management (Edith Cowan, Western Australia) 2001

 

 

 Dr Bill Cotching is an independent soil management consultant based in Tasmania

Bill provides consultancy services to the agricultural industry on land development issues, soil health and nutrient management as well as options for improvement of land drainage.
 
He has completed research in natural resource management that quantifies the impacts of agriculture on land and water resources in Tasmania and through understanding of biophysical and social processes in order to develop and ensure adoption of land and water management techniques to minimise agricultural impacts on our environment.
 
Bill works to produce research that achieves world class scientific recognition and impact and identifies emerging issues affecting Tasmanian agriculture and works with key stakeholders to help them adapt to changing needs and imperatives.
 
Bill leads strategically important Tasmanian research activities in collaboration with industry and the regional community that delivers quality publications, contributes to the national scientific knowledge base and enhances the careers of junior scientists.

Dr Cotching completed 18 months as the Program Manager (Pilbara) for Rangelands NRM WA focusing on implementing changes in land management in a context of pastoral production that improve vegetation condition and enhance biodiversity in the Pilbara Corridors Project in the Fortescue River catchment.

Dr Cotching worked with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) as a  Senior Research Fellow in Natural Resource management from 2006 until 2012 and as a soil scientist from 2016 until October 2018. For a full list of publications view this link. 
 

Awards

Dr Cotching was 2001 joint winner of the BHP Billiton Landcare Research Award.