Announcements

  • Carly's paper on soil respiration in arctic tundra has been accepted and is online in Pedobiologia - Journal of Soil Ecology — Nov 6, 2018
  • Megan's paper on the temperature sensitivity of soil respiration has been published in Biogeochemistry! — Oct 23, 2018
  • Nina gave a seminar in the Environmental Studies department at UCSC and had a great time meeting with students and faculty. — Oct 11, 2018
  • The Odum School has begun an Ecology Teaching Postdoctoral Program. Applications are due Nov 20, 2018.
  • A belated congratulations to Dana, who won 2nd place for her talk at the Graduate Student Symposium earlier this year. — Sept 24, 2018
  • Jessie received a travel fellowship to attend the LTER All Scientists Meeting in October and will present her REU (and ongoing) research! — Sept 7, 2018
  • Carly successfully defended her dissertation! — Jul 1, 2018
  • Carly is published! A big congratulations to Carly - her first first-author paper on arctic warming was published in Ecosystems, and her Working life editorial came out in Science magazine! — May 11, 2018
  • End of semester news —A special thanks and congratulations to Sumaya and Rose for their hard work in the lab and for earning degrees in Ecology! Best of luck as you move on to new adventures. We also welcome 3 new undergrads to the lab - Ramar Allen, Annabelle Barr and Jessie Motes! — May 11, 2018
  • Undergraduate researchers — Sumaya and Grace Anne presented their research at the undergraduate research symposium, and Grace Anne won the Juror's Choice Award. Congrats to you both!— May 1, 2018
  • Special Feature and new publication — Nina and Karina Clemmensen's Special Feature on mycorrhizal fungi and ecosystem processes was published in Journal of Ecology - including a number of great papers! And Mike's MS thesis on herbaceous legumes of longleaf pine was published in Oecologia. Apr 3, 2018
  • Congrats to Jeff for successfully defending his dissertation! — Jan 3, 2018
  • End of summer news — Congratulations to Julie for earning an MS in ecology.. and we wished a fond farewell to both Julie and Kelsey over Banh Mi lunch as they move on to new adventures. Sep 8, 2017
  • New additions to the lab — Dana Carpenter, a new M.S. student and Ellie Fowler, a new technician recently joined the lab! In other news, Kelsey was promoted to Technician. Welcome and congratulations! — Jun 19, 2017
  • Jeff's first first-author paper on drought frequency has been accepted by New Phytologist. Congrats Jeff! — Feb 17, 2017
  • Wurzburger lab dominates Symposium awards — Carly, Julie, Kelsey and Sumaya all won awards for their presentations at the Graduate Student Symposium! Congratulations! — Feb 8, 2017
  • Nina, Jack, Luke and Rick wrote a meeting report for their ESA Organized Oral Session on mycorrhizal fungi. It is now published in New Phytologist. Jan 12, 2017
  • Carly, Julie and Nina had a great time at AGU ... and Megan's paper on the seasonality of enzyme activity came out in Biogeochemistry! —Jan 3, 2017
  • Congrats to Megan, Carly and Jeff. Their collaborative paper on extracellular enzyme activity has been accepted in Biogeochemistry! — Nov 11, 2016
  • Nina's visit to Cornell — Nina gave a talk in Cornell's Biogeochemistry seminar series last week and had a great time visiting with students and faculty! Oct 7, 2016
  • Undergrad Invasion —The Wurzburger lab has recently been invaded by a number of talented undergrads. Welcome to Grace Anne, Evan and Sumaya, who are conducting independent research! We also welcome two new undergrad helpers, Megan and Clarissa! — Aug 30, 2016
  • ESA 2016 —We had a great time at ESA last week. Melanie and Julie gave excellent talks in our organized sessions on mycorrhizal fungi and soil ecology. — Aug 18, 2016
  • Congrats to Mike! —Mike successfully defended his MS thesis on the factors regulating symbiotic N fixation in longleaf pine ecosystems. Jul 11, 2016
  • Lab news — Over the last few months, there have been several notable achievements in the lab. Carly received an NSF DDIG, Julie received an honorable mention for her NSF GRFP, Jenna completed her dual B.S. in Ecology and Statistics, Nina received the UGA Early Career Scholar Award and Melanie's manuscript was accepted in Journal of Ecology. Congrats to all! — Jun 20, 2016
  • Welcome back Carly! — Carly has returned to Athens after spending several months at the University of Copenhagen and Center for Permafrost Research as an NSF GROW fellow! We are glad to have you back! — Mar 4, 2016
  • Erin defends her M.S. thesis — Erin successfully defended her M.S. thesis on American chestnut and plant-soil feedbacks. Congratulations Erin! —Jul 27, 2015
  • Courtney's manuscript accepted —Courtney's MS thesis on the root functional traits of tropical trees and lianas has been accepted for publication in Oecologia! Congrats Courtney! —Jul 27, 2015
  • Welcome Julie — We welcome Julie Tierney, a new MS student in Ecology, to the lab! — Jun 29, 2015
  • Carly and Jeff are ABD — Carly and Jeff advanced to candidacy this spring! Congrats to you both! — Jun 18, 2015
  • News! —Melanie successfully defended her M.S. thesis and Mike was awarded an honorable mention for his NSF GRFP! Congrats! —Apr 20, 2015
  • Symposium Awards — Carly and Erin won first place in their respective (PhD and MS) categories for their talks at the Odum School's Graduate Student Symposium! — Feb 9, 2015
  • New lab members — We welcome Andres Baron (lab manager and technician) and Kelsey Morton (undergraduate assistant) to the lab! —Jan 25, 2015
  • End of year celebrations! — We celebrated the end of the year and wished a fond farewell to Austin with a lab hike (identifying 31 tree species along the way) and a white elephant gift exchange. Thanks to everyone for the fun times! — Dec 10, 2014
  • Lab Retreat — Last weekend was our lab retreat. We went to Watson Mill Bridge State Park and spent the day hiking, identifying tree species, eating yummy food and playing in the shoals. Thanks to all for making it a fun day! — Sep 24, 2014
  • Welcome — Fall semester is upon us and we welcome Mike Ament (PhD student) and Jenna Peissig (undergraduate researcher) to the lab! — Aug 20, 2014
  • Bon voyage Shialoh! —We all bid a fond farewell to Shialoh this month, who has secured a new position in the Odum School. We are sad to see her go, but happy we can still see her every day. Congratulations Shialoh! Jul 25, 2014
  • New Lab Members — Since spring semester, we have had four new undergraduate assistants join the lab: Connor Timpone, Amy Johnson, David Blount and Breanna Walker. Welcome to all! Jun 4, 2014
  • Lab News — There have been a number of achievements in the lab the last year. Carly received grants for her arctic research from the Explorer's Club and the Lewis and Clark Fund! Melanie won second place for her talk at the Graduate Student Symposium! Jeff was awarded a Small Grant from the Odum School! Nina was awarded best oral paper in Forest, Range and Wildland Div of the SSSA and was awarded Faculty Instructor of the Year from the Odum School! Congratulations to all! May 30, 2014
  • Lab News — We had a very productive summer! We began displacing throughfall at our site in the southern Appalachians this June thanks to the hard work of Team Drought, Austin and Shialoh helped launch our longleaf pine project, Carly and I visited Toolik Lake to begin a new project in the arctic tundra and meanwhile Megan and Meryom have been busy with soil incubations and enzyme assays. We welcome Melanie Taylor, a new graduate student to the lab and we wish Courtney all the best as she begins a new job at University of Alabama. —Aug 4, 2013
  • Departure and arrival— A fond farewell and congratulations to Dina... who completed her B.S. this month. And a warm welcome to Meryom Patillo, our new undergraduate assistant. — May 29, 2013
  • Courtney successfully defended her M.S. thesis! — Courtney has done an amazing job of earning an M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development in only 20 months! After excavating, washing, scanning and analyzing over 1500 m of fine roots from tropical forests as part of her research, Courtney is now a "Root Master". Congratulations Courtney! May 2, 2013
  • Congratulations Carly! — Carly has been awarded an NSF GRFP Fellowship for her proposal on arctic soil C and microbes! Way to go Carly! —Apr 1, 2013
  • Welcoming Austin — After completing his B.S. in Ecology, Austin has joined the lab again, this time as a Technician. Welcome back Austin! —Mar 28, 2013
  • Success at the Graduate Student Symposium! — The Wurzburger lab was well represented at the Odum School's Graduate Student Symposium last month. Courtney was a coordinator of the (very well organized) event this year and Jeff and Carly both won awards for their presentations. Congratulations to you all! —Feb 4, 2013
  • Lab Retreat — Last friday was our fall lab retreat at the State Botanical Gardens. We were out bright and early to hike in the forest and enjoy the fall colors. We topped it off with a picnic on the lawn. Thanks to all for sharing food and making it a fun morning! —Nov 4, 2012
  • Recruiting Graduate Students — I am recruiting graduate students to start in summer or fall of 2013 on a new research project on the N cycle of longleaf pine ecosystems. The project has a particular focus on N fixation (via legumes, soil crusts and free-living bacteria) across different disturbance regimes and fire frequencies. Strong candidates will have an M.S. in ecology or soil science or have previous research experience in terrestrial biogeochemistry, and competitive GPA and GRE scores. Prospective students can contact me directly (Nina Wurzburger ninawurz@gmail.com) and send a CV and brief statement of research interests. —Oct 19, 2012
  • Lab News — Summer is winding down and fall semester is upon us... Courtney is back after a successful field season in Panama, hundreds of feet of trenches were dug at our field site in Cowee valley thanks to Jeff, Austin, Brice and Shialoh, a fond farewell to Kelly as she starts a new postdoc in CA and we welcome several new lab members: Carly Phillips (PhD student Ecology), Dina Abdulhadi (undergraduate assistant) and Tierney O'Sullivan (undergraduate assistant). — Sep 4, 2012
  • Welcoming more folks to the lab... — Welcome to new lab members: Jeff Minucci (PhD student), Austin Martin (undergraduate student) and Brice Howell (undergraduate student)! —Jun 29, 2012
  • Welcome to new lab members — We welcome Kelly Andersen (Postdoctoral Research Associate) and Courtney Collins (M.S. student in Conservation Ecology) to the lab! —Aug 14, 2011
  • Recruiting graduate student — I am recruiting a well qualified M.S. (or Ph.D.) student to join the lab January 2012 to conduct research on climate change in southern Appalachian forests. The goal of this work is to understand how extreme drought events can influence plant-soil relationships, plant competition and ecosystem processes in early successional forests (see Research for more details). Prospective students are asked to contact me (Nina Wurzburger ninawurz@gmail.com) and send a CV and a brief statement of their research interests. —Aug 13, 2011