Wurzburger Lab

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Odum School of Ecology - University of Georgia

We study the biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems. We seek to uncover the mechanisms of how ecosystems function in order to answer pressing ecological questions. We are particularly interested in understanding how the interaction of plants, soils and symbiotic microbes give rise to patterns and processes in ecosystems, and how these interactions modulate ecosystem response to global change. Our approaches include manipulative field and lab experiments, analyses of ecosystem properties across landscapes and analyses of long-term data. Recent and ongoing work focuses on how forests recover from disturbances of land-use and climate change, disease and fire. Our study systems span the globe from the tropics to the arctic.

Recent Announcements

  • Welcome to Kayla Bonilla, a new PhD student joining the lab Dec 5, 2021

  • Our framework for scaling symbiotic nitrogen fixation has been published in Journal of Ecology Nov 25, 2021

  • Congratulations to Sarah for successfully defending her thesis on nitrogen fixation strategies of black locust! — Nov 10, 2021

  • Welcome to Jordan Argrett and Erik Jones, new graduate students joining the lab! — Aug 18, 2021

  • Dana's MS thesis research about ecosystem resistance to wildfire following long-term fire exclusion has been accepted for publication in Ecosystems. Congrats! — Sept 12, 2020

  • Congratulations to Jessie for winning the 2020 Best Student Presentation Award sponsored by the ESA Biogeosciences Section and the New Phytologist! — Sept 10, 2020