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

  • Congratulations to Jessie for winning an award for her talk at the Graduate Student Symposium! — Feb 19, 2020
  • Welcome to Anna Burkhart, Garrett Churchwell, Quinn Hiers, Irenee Payne and Larkin Stiles, our new interns! — Jan 14, 2020
  • Congratulations to Dana for successfully defending her M.S. thesis! — Nov 6, 2019
  • Nina recently visited the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies to give a seminar, and had a great time meeting with Cary scientists and visiting with Sarah Batterman and her lab group! — Oct 20, 2019
  • We are recruiting a new PhD student to join the lab and work on a new project about mycorrhizal fungi and biogeochemistry. Ideal qualifications include an MS in ecology, forest biology or soil science, or substantial research experience. Start date of spring, summer or fall of 2020. Interested students can send their CV and research statement to Nina Wurzburger (ninawurz@uga.edu) — Sept 6, 2019
  • We have two new graduate students joining the lab this fall - welcome to Sarah Ottinger, MS student and welcome (back) to Melanie Taylor, PhD student — Aug 9, 2019
  • Our longleaf pine research is showcased on UGA today. Thanks to Beth Gavrilles for the great write up! — July 31, 2019
  • Erik gave an excellent presentation at the Coweeta Symposium on his summer research. He is now heading back to Humboldt State for his final semester as an undergrad. We will miss you Erik! — July 31, 2019
  • Congratulations to Jeff! His paper on drought, nitrogen fixation and forest recovery has been accepted in Ecology — July 12, 2019