People

Nina Wurzburger

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Forest Resources, University of Georgia

M.S. Soil Science, University of California Davis

B.S. Environmental and Resource Science, University of California Davis

Melanie Taylor

Graduate Student (PhD in Ecology)

M.S. Ecology, University of Georgia

B.S. Biology, Concord University


I am interested in understanding drivers of tree species assemblages in eastern North American forests and how changes in these assemblages impact ecosystem function.

Jordan Argrett

Graduate Student (PhD in Ecology; co-advised with Dr. Anny Chung)

B.S. Environmental Sciences, Emory University


My primary research interests lie in plant-soil-microbe interactions and their potential impact on plant and soil community structure. My current interests lie in understanding how hemiparasitic plants affect nutrient cycling, aboveground plant competition, and belowground microbial community assembly.

Jordan Argrett's website

Erik Jones

Graduate Student (M.S. in Ecology)

B.A. Biology and Environmental Science, University of Minnesota Morris


I am interested in understanding how fungi associated with plant roots shape organic matter in soils. My research focuses on the impact of trees like oaks and pines, and their ectomycorrhizal fungal partners, on the quantity and composition of soil organic matter in woodlands of the southeastern United States.

Kayla Bonilla

Graduate Student (PhD in Plant Biology)

B.S. Biology, Wingate University


I am interested in how root-associated fungi (mycorrhizae) influence soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. I am particularly interested in investigating the nutrient uptake strategies and decay processes of two different groups of mycorrhizae, ectomycorrhizae (mostly tree-associated) and ericoid mycorrhizae (mostly shrub-associated).

Lee Dietterich

ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow (Honorary lab member)

PhD Biology, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


I am interested in how plants and their microbial symbionts interact to shape plant community composition, nutrient and contaminant movement through ecosystems, and ecosystem responses to human disturbance.

Former Lab Members:

Graduate Students and Postdocs:

Jessie Motes (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at Columbia University

Sarah Ottinger (M.S. in Ecology) - Assistant Research Technician at Oak Ridge National Lab

Irenee Payne (visiting graduate student from Oregon State University) - Research Technician with USDA Forest Service

Dana Carpenter (M.S. in Ecology) - Biologist and Natural Areas Manager, Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center

Carly Phillips (Ph.D. in Ecology) - Researcher in Residence, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Jeffrey Minucci (Ph.D. in Ecology) - Physical Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency

Julie Tierney (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at Princeton University

Mike Ament (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at University of Vermont

Erin Coughlin (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at Duke University

Melanie Taylor (M.S. in Ecology) - Ecologist with USDA Forest Service

Courtney Collins (M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development) - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Megan Machmuller (Honorary Lab Member, Ph.D. in Ecology) - Research Scientist at Colorado State University

Kelly Andersen (Postdoctoral Researcher) - Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University


Technicians:

Andres Baron

Austin Martin

Shialoh Wilson


Undergraduate Researchers:

Erik Ramos

Carter Coleman

Hannah Goldberg

Grace Anne Ingham

Evan Barnard

Sumaya El-Khalidi

Kelsey Morton

Jenna Peissig

Meryom Patillo


Undergraduate Assistants:

Anna Burkhart

Garrett Churchwell

Annabelle Barr

Ramar Allen

Rose Parham

Clarissa Keisling

Tyler Ellison

Megan Kelley

Breanna Walker

David Blount

Amy Johnson

Connor Timpone

Brian McGann

Dina Abdulhadi

Brice Howell

Tierney O'Sullivan

Sheena Zhang