I am an ecologist and postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zürich studying fungi, forests, soil, and our planet's biogeochemical cycles.



9. Smith GR, Peay KG. 2021. Multiple distinct, scale-dependent links between fungi and decomposition. Ecology Letters 24: 1352–1362. Request a copy via ResearchGate

8. Pellegrini AFA, Refsland T, Averill C, Terrer C, Staver AC, Brockway DG, Caprio A, Clatterbuck W, Coetsee C, Haywood JD, Hobbie SE, Hoffman WA, Kush J, Lewis T, Moser WK, Overby ST, Patterson B, Peay KG, Reich PB, Ryan C, Sayer MAS, Scharenbroch BC, Schoennagel T, Smith GR, Stephan K, Swanston C, Turner MG, Varner TM, Jackson RB. 2021. Decadal changes in fire frequencies shift tree communities and functional traits globally. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5: 504–512. Full text available

7. Smith GR, Edy LC*, Peay KG. 2021. Contrasting fungal responses to wildfire across different ecosystem types. Molecular Ecology 30: 844–854. Request a copy via ResearchGate
* Mentored undergraduate researcher


6. Smith GR, Peay KG. 2020. Stepping forward from relevance in mycorrhizal ecology. New Phytologist 226: 292–294. Full text available


5. Smith GR, Crowther TW, Eisenhauer N, van den Hoogen J. 2019. Building a global database of soil microbial biomass and function: a call for collaboration. Soil Organisms 91: 140–143. Full text available

4. Buchkowski RW, Shaw AN, Sihi D, Smith GR, Keiser AD. 2019. Constraining carbon and nutrient flows in soil with ecological stoichiometry. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 1–17. Full text available

3. Smith GR*, Wan J*. 2019. Resource-ratio theory predicts mycorrhizal control of litter decomposition. New Phytologist 233: 1595–1606. Full text available
* Equal authorship


2. Smith GR, Steidinger BS, Bruns TD, Peay KG. 2018. Competition-colonization tradeoffs structure fungal diversity. The ISME Journal 12: 1758–1767. Full text available


1. Smith GR, Finlay RD, Stenlid J, Vasaitis R, Menkis A. 2017. Growing evidence for facultative biotrophy in saprotrophic fungi: data from microcosm tests with 201 species of wood-decay basidiomycetes. New Phytologist 215: 747–755. Full text available
* Cover and highlighted in a commentary by Baldrian & Kohout, 215: 511–513

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