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 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
  • Welcome to Erik Ramos, our REU student this summer! — June 1, 2019
  • Jessie, Carter and Hannah are graduating! Carter will be a summer technician with us and Jessie is matriculating into our graduate program to pursue an M.S. in Ecology. Congrats to you all! — May 2, 2019
  • Our collaborative study on nitrogen fixation in tropical forests of Trinidad, led by Jack Brookshire, has been accepted in Scientific Reports — May 2, 2019.
  • Congratulations to Julie! Her first first-author paper on the nitrogen imbalance of longleaf pine savannas was accepted in Ecology — March 29, 2019