Erin Burns

Assistant Professor

Erin Burns


Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room A464
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-353-0223


B.S., Biology – College of Saint Benedict
M.S., Plant Sciences – North Dakota State University
Ph.D., Plant Sciences – Montana State University

Research Interests

Dr. Burns’ research and extension program focuses on current and emerging problematic weeds in Michigan cropping systems. Current research is focused on biology, ecology, population dynamics, and integrated weed management of problematic weeds with emphasis on practices to mitigate the development and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.


Burns E. E., B. K. Keith, L. E. Talbert, and W. E. Dyer. (submitted). Non-target site herbicide resistance is controlled by a single gene in Avena fatua.

Burns E. E., B. K. Keith, M. Y. Refai, B. Bothner, and W. E. Dyer. (submitted). Proteomic and biochemical assays of glutathione-related proteins in susceptible and multiple herbicide resistant Avena fatua L.

Burns E. E., E. A. Lehnhoff, S. C. McKenzie, B. D. Maxwell, W. E. Dyer, and F. D. Menalled. (submitted). You can’t fight fire with fire: Model suggests alternate approaches to manage multiple herbicide resistant Avena fatua L.

Burns E. E., B. K. Keith, M. Y. Refai, B. Bothner, and W. E. Dyer. (submitted). Constitutive redox and phosphoproteome changes in multiple herbicide resistant Avena fatua L. are similar to those of systemic acquired resistance and systemic acquired acclimation.

Prischmann-Voldseth D. A., E. E. Burns, S. Swenson, and G. G. Gramig. 2015. Life history and phenology of an endophagous stem-mining herbivore (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Hadroplontus litura) of a clonal weed. Entomol. Soc. Am. Ann. DOI: 10.1093/aesa/sav098.

Keith B. K., E. A. Lehnhoff, E. E. Burns, F. D. Menalled, and W. E. Dyer. 2015. Characterisation of Avena fatua populations with resistance to multiple herbicides. Weed Res. DOI: 10.1111/wre.12172.

Gramig G. G., E. E. Burns, and D. A. Prischmann-Voldseth. 2015. Predicting developmental timing for immature Canada thistle stem-mining weevils, Hadroplontus litura (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Environ. Entomol. 44(4):1085-94.

Burns E. E., D. A. Prischmann-Voldseth, and G. G. Gramig. 2013. Integrated management of Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) with insect biological control and plant competition under variable soil nutrients. Invasive Plant Sci. Manag. 6:512-520.

Prischmann-Voldseth, D. A., G. G. Gramig, and E. E. Burns. 2012. Home on the range: establishment of a Canada thistle biological control agent. Rangeland J. Vol. 34:2-5