Corrie Cotton, M.L.A

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
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