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

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.