Current students working in my lab

Adrian Lazaro Lobo
Ph.D. student





Adrian joined my lab in Fall of 2017.  Adrian is working very broadly in the area of invasive species ecology. He started with a large invasive plant survey  database that was developed during 2004-2008, with the intent of using patterns observed among plants and environment in those data to better understand processes influencing plant invasions in the southeastern US. He also has conducted some experimental work in Mississippi prairies to examine how annual timing of fire influences invasive plant establishment. Working with a team of MSU undergrads, Adrian has worked specifically with a native shrub (Baccharis halimifolia) that has invaded other regions of he world to determine characteristics that made this plant successful in Spain and Australia.

Adrian received his undergraduate degree from Complutense University of Madrid and earned his Master's degree through Complutense University of Madrid, University of Alcalá, King Juan Carlos University, and Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Andrew Sample
Master's student





Andy joined the lab in Spring 2020. He is helping with research that looks at the roles of wetland plants in water quality improvement. Andy also has an interest in how invasive wetland plants affect (and are affected by) nutrient dynamics in freshwater wetlands.

Andrew came to MSU from Forth Worth, TX, where he spent several years working for a private wetland consulting firm. He earned his B.S. degree in Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) in Spring of 2015.

Tips for students interested in joining the Ervin lab & for those who have already joined (PDF).