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Nina Wurzburger

Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
University of Georgia
Room 135, Ecology Bldg.
Athens, GA 30602

Office: (706) 542-5109
Lab: (706) 542-7402
Fax: (706) 542-4819
email: ninawurz@uga.edu

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Ph.D. - University of Georgia

M.S. - University of California, Davis

B.S. - University of California, Davis

Research Interests

  • Terrestrial ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Plant - soil relationships
  • Ecology of plant root symbioses (mycorrhizas and nitrogen fixation)
  • Microbial diversity
  • Global and regional change


Honors and Awards

Harper Prize, Journal of Ecology, Best paper by young author 2009

Best Paper of Session, Division S-7, Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting 2005

Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of GA 2005

Amazing Student Award, University of GA 2005

Inductee, Blue Key Honor Society 2005

Professional Affiliations

Ecological Society of America

British Ecological Society

Soil Science Society of America

International Mycorrhiza Society

Selected Publications

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

Nuckolls, A.E., Wurzburger, N., Ford, C.R., Hendrick, R.L., Vose, J.M., and Kloeppel B.D. 2009. Hemlock declines rapidly with hemlock woolly adelgid infestation: Impacts on the carbon cycle of southern Appalachian forests. Ecosystems 12: 179-190.

Barron, A.R., Wurzburger, N., Bellenger, J.P, Kraepiel, A.M.L., Wright, S.J., and Hedin, L.O. 2009. Molybdenum limitation of asymbiotic nitrogen fixation in tropical forest soils. Nature Geoscience 2: 42-45.

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

Ford, C.R., Wurzburger, N., Hendrick, R.L., and Teskey, R.O. 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.

Wurzburger, N., Hartshorn, A.S., and Hendrick, R.L. 2004. Ectomycorrhizal fungal community structure across a bog-forest ecotone in southeastern Alaska. Mycorrhiza 14: 383-389.

Wurzburger, N., Bidartondo, M.I., and Bledsoe, C.S. 2001. Characterization of Pinus ectomycorrhizas from mixed conifer and pygmy forests using morphotyping and molecular methods. Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 1211-1216.

Wurzburger, N. and Bledsoe, C.S. 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.

Nina Wurzburger

My research examines the fascinating and complex biogeochemical processes of terrestrial ecosystems. I study nutrient cycles, how they modulate the broader functioning of ecosystems and how global change adds complexity to these relationships. To this end, my research integrates fine- to coarse-grained perspectives, from the genetic diversity and physiology of soil microorganisms to elemental fluxes at the level of landscapes and biomes.