Greetings! I am an Ambizione Group Leader and Senior Scientist at ETH Zürich, affiliated with the Global Ecosystem Ecology group. My team and I use big data to study the ecological structure and function of the Earth’s landscapes.



16. Silva DF, Araujo ASF, Lima AYV, Mota JCA, Nascimento ÍA, Queiroz AS, Medeiros EV, Costa DP, Melo VMM, Cardoso EJBN, Verma JP, Smith GR, Mendes LW, Pereira APA. 2023. Enzymatic stoichiometry in degraded soils after two decades of restoration in a Brazilian semiarid region. Catena

15. Zhou Q, Wang P, Smith GR, Hu L, Liu X, Tao T, Ma M, Averill C, Freschet GT, Crowther TW, Hu S. 2023. Nitrogen redistribution and seasonal trait fluctuation facilitate plant N conservation and ecosystem N retention. Journal of Ecology

14. Smith GR, Peay KG. 2023. Woodland wildfire enables fungal colonization of encroaching Douglas-fir. Functional Ecology. Full text available

13. Wang C*, Smith GR*, Gao C, Peay KG. 2023. Dispersal changes soil bacterial interactions with fungal wood decomposition. ISME Communications 3: 44. Full text available

* Equal authorship


12. Averill C, Anthony MA, Baldrian P, Finkbeiner F, van den Hoogen J, Kiers T, Kohout P, Hirt E, Smith GR, Crowther TW. 2022. Defending Earth’s terrestrial microbiome. Nature Microbiology 7: 1717–1725. Request a copy via ResearchGate

11. Yu K, van den Hoogen J, Wang Z, Averill C, Routh D, Smith GR, Drenovsky RE, Scow KM, Mo F, Waldrop MP, Yang Y, Tang W, De Vries FT, Bardgett RD, Manning P, Bastida F, Baer SG, Bach EM, García C, Wang Q, Ma L, Chen B, He X, Teurlincx S, Heijboer A, Bradley JA, Crowther TW. 2022. The biogeography of relative abundance of soil fungi versus bacteria in surface topsoil. Earth System Science Data 14: 4339–4350. Full text available

10. Maynard DS, Bialic-Murphy L, Zohner CM, Averill C, van den Hoogen J, Ma H, Mo L, Smith GR, Acosta ATR, Aubin I, Berenguer E, Boonman CFC, Catford JA, Cerabolini BEL, Dias AS, González-Melo A, Hietz P, Lusk CH, Mori AS, Niinemets U, Pillar VD, Pinho BX, Rosell JA, Schurr FM, Sheremetev SN, da Silva AC, Sosinski E, van Bodegom PM, Weiher E, Bönisch G, Kattge, Crowther TW. 2022. Global relationships in tree functional traits. Nature Communications 13: 3185. Full text available


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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