HPC MSU
Name:Gary N. Ervin
Associated Centers:Geosystems Research Institute
Position:Faculty
Email: gervin@biology.msstate.edu
Office:Harned Hall, 009
Office Phone:(662) 325-1203
Address:Mailstop 9536
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Biography:Dr. Gary N. Ervin is a Plant Ecologist and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State. He began this position in Fall of 2001, after a postdoc in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Ervin earned his BS (1996) and PhD (2000) in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa. During his doctoral studies, he worked in the area of wetland plant ecology, focusing primarily on the freshwater rush species, Juncus effusus.

Ervin’s postdoctoral research at the University of Arkansas dealt with biochemical plant defense responses to insect herbivores. Work there used herbivores in the Heliothis-Helicoverpa group of moths (corn earworm, tobacco budworm, etc.), and used both native and cultivated plant species (tomato, tobacco, ground cherry) as study subjects.

He has served on editorial boards of the journals Southeastern Naturalist and Wetlands, the latter of which honored Ervin as the Doug Wilcox Outstanding Associate Editor in 2009.

Research Interest: I am a Plant Ecologist with interests in wetlands and species invasion. Most of my current research focuses on invasive plants, but we also have projects examining an invasive insect, and I have developed an interest in conservation of natural areas in northeastern Mississippi.

Publications: Carter, C., Madsen, J. D., Turnage, G., & Ervin, G. N. (2013). Experimental Assessment of Butomus Umbellatus Growth along a Depth Gradient. Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter annual conference. Mississippi State University.

Woodard, A. M., Marsico, T. D., & Ervin, G. N. (2012). Host Plant Defense Priming in Response to a Coevolved Herbivore Combats Introduced Herbivore Attack. Ecology and Evolution. ., .DOI:10.1002/ece3.224.

Ervin, G. N., & Holly, D. C. (2011). Examining Local Transferability of Predictive Species Distribution Models for Invasive Plants: An Example with Cogongrass (Imperata Cylindrica). Invasive Plant Science and Management. 4, 390-401.

Marsico, T. D., Wallace, L., Ervin, G. N., Brooks, C., McClure, J. E., & Welch, M. E. (2011). Geographic Patterns of Genetic Diversity from the Native Range of Cactoblastis Cactorum (Berg) Support the Documented History of Invasion and Multiple Introductions for Invasive Populations. Biological Invasions. 13, 857-868. [Document Site]

Bryson, C. T., Krutz, L. J., Ervin, G. N., Reddy, K. N., & , J. D. B. J. (2010). Ecotype Variability and Edaphic Characteristics for Cogongrass (Imperata Cylindrica) Populations in Mississippi. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 3, 199-207. [Document Site]

Total Publications by this Author: 184