Current students working in my lab

Adrian Lazaro Lobo
Ph.D. student





Adrian joined my lab in Fall of 2017.  Adrian worked on a number of students examining invasive species ecology. He took advantage of multiple invasive species occurrence databases to better understand processes influencing plant invasions across the southeastern US. He also conducted experimental work in Mississippi prairies to determine how seasonal timing of prescribed fire influences invasive plant establishment. Working with a team of MSU undergrads and collaborators around the world, Adrian conducted experiments with a native US shrub (Baccharis halimifolia) that has invaded other regions of the world to determine characteristics that made this plant successful in Europe 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).