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Corrie Cotton, M.L.A

  • Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences
    Phone: 410-651-6630



    • M.L.A in Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
    • B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
    • B.S. in General Agriculture, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Professional Experience:

    • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2004-present
    • Graduate Assistant, Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, 2000-2004


    • Integrating season extenders in alternative crop development on Delmarva
    • Use of beneficial microorganisms to enhance the productivity of the green industry in Maryland
    • University trial garden: research, education, and outreach
    • Food safety risks for leafy greens and tomatoes from small farm environments exposed to manure dust, soil amendments, insects, and creek water
    • Pathogen testing metrics for gaps in Delmarva leafy greens/fresh produce and poultry litter compost
    • Developing scientifically-based consensus food safety metrics for leafy greens and tomatoes
    • Survival of fecal pathogenic microorganisms and indicators in agricultural soils amended with raw manure
    • Development and implementation of a multimicrobial and multifunctional inoculant for enhancing soybean productivity and environmental quality
    • Microbial biodegradation of polymeric materials prepared from chicken feathers


    • Building curriculum and experiential leaning in sustainable agriculture to enhance students’ communication and problem solving skills
    • Educating underrepresented youth about the food and agricultural sciences through experiential learning
    • Small farms and underserved communities drinking water quality outreach and education
    • Collaboration with secondary education to enhance agricultural science curricula
    • Drinking water quality: outreach and education
    • Mid-Atlantic drinking water: drinking water education curriculum for K-12 in rural and urbanizing schools
    • Creation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional MWON and Development of Associated Continuing Education Resources


    • Corrie P. Cotton, Fawzy M. Hashem, Lurline E. Marsh, and Robert B. Dadson. (2009) Broadening Perspectives:  Educating Under-Represented Youth about Food and Agricultural Sciences through Experiential Learning. Nacta Journal 53(4):23-29.
    • Lurline E. Marsh, Corrie P. Cotton, Fawzy M. Hashem, and Robert B. Dadson. (2011) An Ornamental Summer Program for High School Students:  Issues and Perspectives. Nacta Journal 55(2):8-13.

    Honors & Awards:

    • NACTA Teaching Award of Merit (2009)
    • Creative Achievement Award, PSU College of Arts and Architecture (2004)
    • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, PSU (2001-2004)
    • Certificate for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture, PSU (2002)
    • All-American Scholar Collegiate Award, UMES (1998-2000)
    • National Dean’s List and Dean’s List, UMES (1996-2000)

    Professional Affiliations:

    • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
    • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
    • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
    • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
    • International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)

    Course List:

    • Landscape Design Theory
    • Turfgrass Maintenance and Management
    • Senior Capstone Experience
    • Special Topics in Agriculture
    • Independent Study in Plant and Soil Science
    • Internship in Agriculture and Natural Resources