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  • Hicks Pries, C, Lankau, R, Ingham, GA, Legge, E, Krol, O, Forrester, J, Fitch, A and Wurzburger, N 2022 Differences in soil organic matter between EcM- and AM-dominated forests depend on tree and fungal identity, Ecology,

  • Cleveland, CC, Reis, CRG, Perakis, SS, Dynarski, KA, Batterman, SA, Crews, TE, Gei, M, Gundale, MJ, Menge, DNL, Peoples, MB, Reed, SC, Salmon, VG, Soper, FM, Taylor, BN, Turner MG and Wurzburger N 2022 Exploring the role of cryptic nitrogen fixers in terrestrial ecosystems: A frontier in nitrogen cycling research. Ecosystems 25 1653-1669.

  • Wurzburger, N, Motes, JI and Miniat, CF 2022 A framework for scaling symbiotic nitrogen fixation using the most widespread nitrogen fixer in eastern deciduous forests of the United States, Journal of Ecology,

  • Liu, L, Barberán, A, Gao, C., Zhang, Z, Wang, M, Wurzburger, N, Wang, X, Zhang, R, Li, J and Zhang, J 2022 Impact of urbanization on soil microbial diversity and composition in the megacity of Shanghai, Land Degradation and Development (


  • Scott, JL, Miniat, CF, Motes, J, Ottinger, SL, Wurzburger, N and Elliott, KJ 2021 Improved allometric equations for black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) in the Coweeta Basin, USDA Forest Service Research Paper SRS-64.

  • Miniat, CF, Oishi, AC, Bolstad, PV, Jackson, RJ, Liu, N, Love, JP, Pringle, CM, Solomon, KJ, Wurzburger, N 2021 The Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and the Coweeta Long-Term ecological research project, Hydrologic Processes (

  • Freschet, GT, Pagès, L, Iversen, CM, Comas, LH, Rewald, B, Roumet, C, Klimešová, J, Zadworny, M, Poorter, H, Postma, JA, Adams, TS, Bagniewska-Zadworna, A, Blancaflor, EB, Brunner, I, Cornelissen, JHC, Garnier, E, Gessler, A, Hobbie, SE, Lambers, H, Meier, IC, Mommer, L, Picon-Cochard, C, Rose, L, Ryser, P, Scherer-Lorenzen, M, Soudzilovskaia, NA, Stokes, A, Sun, T, Valverde-Barrantes, OJ, Weemstra, M, Weigelt, A, Wurzburger, N, York, LM, Batterman, SA, Bengough, AG, Gomes de Moraes, M, Janeček, Š, Salmon, V, Tharayil, N & McCormack, ML 2021 A starting guide to root ecology: strengthening ecological concepts and standardizing root classification, sampling, processing and trait measurements. New Phytologist, preprint:

  • Coughlin, EM, Shefferson, R, Clark, S and Wurzburger, N 2021 Plant-soil feedbacks and the introduction of Castanea (chestnut) hybrids to eastern North American forests, Restoration Ecology, 29:3, doi: 10.1111/rec.13326.

  • Freschet, G.T., Roumet, C., Comas, L.H., Weemstra, M., Bengough, A.G., Rewald, B., Bardgett, R.D., de Deyn, G.B., Johnson, D., Klimešová, J., Lukac, M., McCormack, M.L., Meier, I.C., Pagès, L., Poorter, H., Prieto, I., Wurzburger, N., Zadworny, M., Bagniewska-Zadworna, A., Blancaflor, E.B., Brunner, I., Gessler, A., Hobbie, S.E., Iversen, C.M., Mommer, L., Picon-Cochard, C., Postma, J.A., Rose, L., Ryser, P., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Sun, T., Valverde-Barrantes, O.J., Weigelt, A., York, L. & Stokes, A. 2021 Root traits as drivers of plant and ecosystem functioning: current understanding, pitfalls and future research needs. New Phytologist ( ).

  • Carpenter, DO, Taylor, MK, Callaham Jr, MA, Hiers, JK, Loudermilk, EL, O’Brien, JJ, and Wurzburger, N 2021, Benefit or liability? The ectomycorrhizal association may undermine tree adaptations to fire after long-term fire exclusion, Ecosystems 24, 1059–1074.


  • Perreault, L, Forrester, JA, Wurzburger, N, and Mladenoff, DJ 2020 Emergent properties of downed woody debris in canopy gaps: A response of the soil ecosystem to manipulation of forest structure, Soil Biology and Biochemistry

  • Ulyshen, M, Horn, S, Brownie, C, Strickland, MS, Wurzburger, N and Zanne, A, 2020 Comparison of decay rates between native and non-native wood species in invaded forests of the southeastern U.S.: A rapid assessment, Biological Invasions, 22 2619–2632 .

  • Liu, L, Zhu, K, Wurzburger, N and Zhang, J 2020 Relationships between plant and soil microbial diversity vary across taxonomic groups and spatial scales, Ecosphere, 11(1) e02999. pdf


  • Minucci, JM, Miniat, CF, and Wurzburger, N 2019 Drought sensitivity of an N2-fixing tree may slow temperate deciduous forest recovery from disturbance, Ecology 100(12) e02862. pdf

  • Brookshire, ENJ, Wurzburger, N, Currey, B, Menge, DNL, Oatham, M and Roberts, C. 2019 Symbiotic N fixation is sufficient to support net aboveground biomass accumulation in a humid tropical forest, Scientific Reports, 9:7571. pdf

  • Tierney, J, Hedin, L, and Wurzburger, N 2019 Biological nitrogen fixation does not balance fire-induced nitrogen losses in longleaf pine savannas, Ecology 100(7): e02735. pdf

  • Phillips, CA and Wurzburger, N. 2019 Elevated rates of heterotrophic respiration in shrub-conditioned arctic tundra soils, Pedobiologia - Journal of Soil Ecology 72:8-15. pdf


  • Machmuller, MB, Ballantyne, F, Markewitz, D, Thompson, A, Wurzburger, N, Frankson, PT, and Mohan, J. 2018. Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration in a low-latitude ecosystem varies by season and habitat but is unaffected by experimental warming, Biogeochemistry 141:63-73. pdf

  • Ament, MR, Tierney, JA, Hedin, LO, Hobbie, EA, and Wurzburger, N. 2018. Phosphorus and species regulate N2 fixation by herbaceous legumes in longleaf pine savannas Oecologia 187 (1), 281-290. pdf

  • Wurzburger, N and Clemmensen, KE. 2018 From mycorrhizal fungal traits to ecosystems – and back again, Journal of Ecology 106: 463-467. pdf

  • Zhu, K, McCormack, ML, Lankau, RA, Egan, FF and Wurzburger N. 2018 Association of ectomycorrhizal trees with higher carbon-to-nitrogen ratio soils is driven by smaller nitrogen not larger carbon stocks, Journal of Ecology 106: 524-535. pdf


  • Wurzburger, N. and Brookshire, E.N.J. 2017 Experimental evidence that mycorrhizal nitrogen strategies affect soil carbon, Ecology 98 (6), 1491-1497. pdf

  • Minucci, J.M., Miniat, C.F., Teskey, R., and Wurzburger, N. 2017 Tolerance or avoidance: drought frequency determines the response of an N2-fixing tree. New Phytologist 215 (1), 434-442 pdf

  • Wurzburger, N, Brookshire, ENJ, McCormack, ML and Lankau, RA 2017 Mycorrhizal fungi as drivers and modulators of ecosystem processes. New Phytologist 213: 996-999. pdf


  • Machmuller, MB, Mohan, JE, Minucci, JM, Phillips, CA, and Wurzburger, N 2016 Season, but not experimental warming, affects the activity and temperature sensitivity of extracellular enzymes. Biogeochemistry 131:255-265. (DOI 10.1007/s10533-016-0277-6) pdf

  • Taylor, MK, Lankau, RA, and Wurzburger, N 2016 Mycorrhizal associations of trees have different indirect effects on organic matter decomposition. Journal of Ecology 104: 1576-1584. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12629) pdf

  • Wurzburger, N 2016 Old growth temperate forests harbor hidden N-fixing bacteria. New Phytologist 210: 374-376. pdf

  • Wurzburger, N and Hedin, LO 2016 Taxonomic identity determines symbiotic N2 fixation by canopy trees across lowland tropical forests. Ecology Letters, 19: 62-70. (DOI: 10.1111/ele.12543) Corrigendum for Wurzburger and Hedin 2016 (DOI: 10.1111/ele.12592) pdf

  • Collins, CG, Wright, SJ, and Wurzburger N 2016 Root and leaf traits reflect distinct resource acquisition strategies in tropical lianas and trees. Oecologia 180:1037-1047. (DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3410-7) pdf


  • Wurzburger, N and Wright, SJ 2015. Fine-root responses to fertilization reveal multiple nutrient limitation in a lowland tropical forest. Ecology 96: 2137-2146. pdf


  • Wurzburger, N and Miniat, CF 2014. Drought enhances symbiotic di-nitrogen fixation and competitive ability of a temperate forest tree. Oecologia 174:1117-1126. pdf


  • Bunch, WC, Cowden, CC, Wurzburger, N, Shefferson, RP. 2013. Geography and soil chemistry drive the distribution of fungal associations in a lady’s slipper orchid, Cypripedium acaule, Botany 91(12):850-856. pdf

  • Batterman, SA, Wurzburger, N, and Hedin, LO 2013. Nitrogen and phosphorus interact to control tropical N2 fixation: A test in Inga punctata, Journal of Ecology, 101: 1400-1408. pdf


  • Wurzburger, N, Bellenger, JP, Kraepiel, AML., and Hedin, LO 2012. Molybdenum and phosphorus interact to constrain asymbiotic nitrogen fixation in tropical forests. PLoS ONE 7(3):e33710. pdf


  • Wurzburger, N, Higgins, BP and RL Hendrick 2011. Ericoid mycorrhizal root fungi and their multicopper oxdiases from a temperate forest shrub. Ecology and Evolution, 2(1): 65-79. pdf

  • Wright, SJ, Yavitt, JB, Wurzburger, N, Turner, BL, Tanner, EVJ, Sayer, EJ, Santiago, LS, Kaspari, M, Hedin, LO, Harms, KE, Garcia, MN and MD Corre 2011. Potassium, phosphorus, or nitrogen limit root allocation, tree growth, or litter production in a lowland tropical forest. Ecology 92: 1616-1625. pdf

Prior to 2011

  • Wurzburger, N and RL Hendrick 2009. Plant litter chemistry and mycorrhizal roots promote a nitrogen feedback in a temperate forest. Journal of Ecology 97: 528-536. pdf

  • Nuckolls, AE, Wurzburger, N, Ford, CR, Hendrick, RL, Vose, JM, and BD Kloeppel 2009. Hemlock declines rapidly with hemlock woolly adelgid infestation: Impacts on the carbon cycle of southern Appalachian forests. Ecosystems 12: 179-190. pdf

  • Barron, AR, Wurzburger, N, Bellenger, JP, Kraepiel, AML, Wright, SJ and LO Hedin 2009. Molybdenum limitation of asymbiotic nitrogen fixation in tropical forest soils. Nature Geoscience 2: 42-45. pdf

  • Wurzburger, N and RL Hendrick 2007. Rhododendron thickets alter N cycling and soil extracellular enzyme activities in southern Appalachian hardwood forests. Pedobiologia 50: 563-576. pdf

  • Ford, CR, Wurzburger, N, Hendrick, RL and RO Teskey 2007. Soil DIC uptake and fixation in Pinus taeda L. seedlings and its C contribution to plant tissues and mycorrhizal fungi. Tree Physiology 27: 375-383. pdf

  • Wurzburger, N, Hartshorn, AS and RL Hendrick 2004. Ectomycorrhizal fungal community structure across a bog-forest ecotone in southeastern Alaska. Mycorrhiza 14: 383-389. pdf

  • Wurzburger, N, Bidartondo, MI and CS Bledsoe 2001. Characterization of Pinus ectomycorrhizas from mixed conifer and pygmy forests using morphotyping and molecular methods. Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 1211-1216. pdf

  • Wurzburger, N and CS Bledsoe 2001. Comparison of ericoid and ectomycorrhizal colonization and ectomycorrhizal morphotypes in mixed conifer and pygmy forests on the northern California coast. Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 1202-1210. pdf