Lauren Lazaro

Title Assistant Professor
Department School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Address 1 109 Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-2724
Fax 225-578-1403

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois

  • Doctorate of Philosophy
  • Plant Biology - Weed Science, May 2015
  • Dissertation Title: A comparative study of the population dynamics of four Amaranthaceae species.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois

  • Master of Science
  • Plant Biology, December 2011
  • Thesis Title: The competitive response of Panicum virgatum cultivars to non-native invasive species.

Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar, Virginia

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Biology, May 2009

Total: $511,500; Lead PI: $461,500

State and federal: $410,000

Commodity, industry, and other: $101,500

Memberships in Professional Associations:

  • Weed Science Society of America
  • Southern Weed Science Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Ecological Society of America

Committees Served On:

  • SPESS Scholarship Committee (2017-present)
  • SPESS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2017- present)
  • Land Use and Sustainability Work Group, Sweet Briar College (2016-present)
  • Sigma Xi Admissions Committee, SIUC Chapter (2015-2017)
  • River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Steering Committee (2014-2015)

Senior AuthorContributing AuthorTotal
Referred Journal Articles16824
Abstracts of Presentations162440
Book Chapters101
Research and Extension Publications628

Selected Publications:

Schwartz-Lazaro, L.M. and J.T. Copes. 2019. A Review of the Soil Seedbank from a Weed Scientists Perspective. Agronomy 9: 369. DOI: 10.3390/agronomy9070369

Gage, K.L. and L.M. Schwartz-Lazaro. 2019. Shifting the paradigm: an ecological systems approach to weed management. Agriculture 9: 137. DOI: 10.3390/agriculture9080179

Walsh, M.J., J.C. Broster, L.M. Schwartz-Lazaro, J.K. Norsworthy, A.S. Davis, B.D. Tidemann, H.J. Beckie, D.J. Lyon, N. Soni, P. Neve, and M.V. Bagavathiannan. 2017. Opportunities and challenges for harvest weed seed control in global cropping systems. Pest Management Science. DOI: 10.1002/ps.4802

Schwartz-Lazaro, L.M., M.R. Miller, J.K. Norsworthy, and R.C. Scott. 2017. Comparison of simulated drift rates of common ALS-inhibiting rice herbicides to florpyrauxifen-benzyl on soybean. International Journal of Agronomy DOI: 10.1155/2017/9583678

Schwartz-Lazaro, L.M., J.K. Norsworthy, L.E. Steckel, D.O. Stephenson, IV, K.W. Bradley, and J.A. Bond. 2017. A Midsouthern consultant’s survey on weed management practices in soybean. Weed Technology 32: 116-125. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2017.109

Schwartz-Lazaro, L.M., J.K. Norsworthy, M.J. Walsh, and M.V. Bagavathiannan. 2017. Efficacy of the integrated Harrington Seed Destructor on weeds of soybean and rice production systems in the southern United States. Crop Science 57: 1-7. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2017.03.0210

Schwartz-Lazaro, L.M., J.K. Green, and J.K. Norsworthy. 2017. Seed retention of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) and barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli) in soybean. Weed Technology 31: 617-622. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2017.25

Schwartz-Lazaro, L.M., J.K. Norsworthy, R.C. Scott, and L.T. Barber. 2017. Resistance of two Palmer amaranth populations to multiple herbicide modes of action in Arkansas. Crop Protection 96: 158-163. DOI:10.1016/j.cropro.2017.02.022

Schwartz, L.M. and K.L. Gage. 2017. Weed Ecology. In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David J. Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. URL:

  • Weed ecology and biology
  • Integrated weed management
  • Herbicide resistance

Graduate Students

  • 2 M.S. Thesis - Major Adviser
  • 1 Ph.D. - Committee Member
  • 1 Dean's Representative Committee Member

Primary Lecturer

  • AGRO 4070 Weed Science and the Environment - Louisiana State University
  • AGRO 4091 Field Plot Techniques - Louisiana State University
  • AGRO 2025 Introduction to Crop Science - Louisiana State University
  • AGRO 3025 Advanced Principles of Crop Protection - Louisiana State University

Guest Lecturer

  • Special Topics: Agronomy Research - Louisiana State University
  • Principles of Weed Control - University of Arkansas
  • Principles of Ecology - Southern Illinois University
  • Plant Diversity - Southern Illinois University
  • Quantitative Ecology - Southern Illinois University
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates - Southern Illinois University

Lab Instructor

  • Weeds and Their Control - Southern Illinois University
  • Plants and Society - Southern Illinois University
  • General Biology - Southern Illinois University
  • Plant Biology - Sweet Briar College

Louisiana State University AgCenter Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Assistant Professor - Weed Science and Agronomy August 2017 to Present

University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas

Post-Doctoral Research Associate July 2015 to July 2017

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois

Graduate Research Assistant January 2012 to May 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant August 2009 to December 2011

Outstanding Paper of the Year in Weed Science Award: “Seedbank and field emergence of weeds in glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States,” 2016

Invasive Species Initiatives Award Recipient, 2015

Sigma Xi 12th Annual Poster Winner (SIUC Chapter), 2015

Sigma Xi 11th Annual Poster Winner (SIUC Chapter), 2014

Todd Fink Memorial Award, 2016

Betty Bean Black Academic Scholarship, 2005 - 2009

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