Nina Wurzburger, Associate Professor

Nina Wurzburger

Research Emphasis:

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.

CWT Committees:

CWT Science Advisory Committee

Contact Information:

Primary Organization:  University of Georgia

Mailing Address:

Dr. Nina Wurzburger
University of Georgia
Room 135, Ecology Building
Athens, GA 30602

Office Phone:  (706) 542-5109

Other Phone:  (706) 542-7402

FAX Number:  (706) 542-4819


Web Page:

CWT Publications and Presentations: (custom bibliography)

Journal Articles

Minucci, J. M., Miniat, C. F., Teskey, R. O. and Wurzburger, N. (2017), Tolerance or avoidance: drought frequency determines the response of an N2-fixing tree. New Phytol, 215: 434–442. doi:10.1111/nph.14558

Wurzburger, N. and Brookshire, E. N. J. (2017), Experimental evidence that mycorrhizal nitrogen strategies affect soil carbon. Ecology, 98: 1491–1497. doi:10.1002/ecy.1827

Wurzburger, N. and Miniat, C.F. 2014. Drought enhances symbiotic dinitrogen fixation and competitive ability of a temperate forest tree. Oecologia. 174:1117-1126. (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2851-0)

Wurzburger, N., Higgins, B.P. and Hendrick, R. 2011. Ericoid mycorrhizal root fungi and their multi-copper oxidases from a temperate forest shrub. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.67)

Nuckolls, April E.; Wurzburger, Nina; Ford, Chelcy R.; Hendrick, Ronald L.; Vose, James M.; Kloeppel, Brian D. 2009. Hemlock declines rapidly with hemlock woolly adelgid infestation: impacts on the carbon cycle of southern Appalachian forests. Ecosystems 12(2): 179-190.

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

Ford, C.R., N. Wurzburger, R.L. Hendrick, and R.O. Teskey. 2007. Soil DIC uptake and fixation in Pinus taeda seedlings and its C contribution to plant tissue and ectomycorrhizal fungi. Tree Physiology. 27: 375-383.

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

Conference Posters and Presentations

Jackson, C.R., P. Caldwell, K. Elliott, T. Hwang, J. Knoepp, C. Miniat, C. Oishi, J. Webster, and N. Wurzburger. 2018. Coweeta (CWT) and forest mesophication of the temperate montane deciduous forest of the Southern Appalachians: A response to species loss, BNF, climate change, and/or fire exclusion? NSF LTER All Scientists Meeting, September 30-October 4, Asilomar, CA.

Wurzburger, N., Elliott, K.J., Miniat, C.F. 2018. Nitrogen fixation facilitates dominance of arbuscular mycorrhizal trees. ESA Annual Meeting, August 5-10, 2018. New Orleans, LA.

Wurzburger, Nina. 2018. Sensitivity of heterotrophic soil respiration (HSR) to temperature as mediated by mycorrhizal fungi. ESA Annual Meeting, August 5-10, 2018. New Orleans, LA.

Wurzburger, N., K.J. Elliott, and C.F. Miniat. Nitrogen fixation facilitates forest recovery after repeated disturbance. Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, August 10, 2017.