Bill Cotching - Soil Scientist & Ceramic Artist

Soil management and research, ceramics, Tasmania, Australia


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 no longer undertakes soil management consultancy in Tasmania

Bill used to provide 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 worked 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 led strategically important Tasmanian research activities in collaboration with industry and the regional community that delivered quality publications, contributed to the national scientific knowledge base and enhanced 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. 


Dr Cotching was 2001 joint winner (with Dr Leigh Sparrow) of the BHP Billiton Landcare Research Award

LGH Teakle Medal from Soil Science Australia in 2020 (for outstanding effort in promoting and raising the awareness of soil science through activity with Soil Science Australia and the wider community)

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group in 2021