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

  • We are seeking an undergraduate with a strong interest in terrestrial ecosystem ecology for an REU position this summer. The student would work on a project in forests of the southern Appalachian mountains studying the nitrogen cycle and disturbance. Interested students can apply by sending Dr. Nina Wurzburger (ninawurz@uga.edu) the following by March 20th, 2020: A cover letter stating their interest and qualifications and a CV or resume with contact information of 2 references. — March, 2020.
  • 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