Join FLUXNET ECN and community members each month as we host scientists from around the globe to discuss the on-going initiatives, opportunities, and resources available to early career scientists!

Since 2020, FLUXNET ECN has organized live webinars to connect early career members across the globe and increase accessibility to community resources and knowledge. We’re grateful for the AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP) for hosting and recording webinars for later view on YouTube:


Upcoming Webinars

FLUXNET ECN: Career Panel

July 30, 2021 | 9-10am PT, 4-5pm GMT | Register now!

We’ll be joined by four guest speakers and panelists who bring experience from academia, government, program leadership, community outreach and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) projects. Read their biographies below.

The webinar will aim to answer broad questions about preparing (applying, interviewing, reflecting on values) and thriving (research/funding, networking, community service and broader impacts, policy engagement) in atmospheric, terrestrial, flux and ecological science careers. This can include experiences in academia, community relations, federal and non-profit institutions.


Dr. Jennifer Arrigo: DOE Environmental System Science Program Project Manager

Jennifer Arrigo profile picBefore joining DOE, Jennifer spent three years on staff at the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s (USGCRP) National Coordination Office, where she led scoping, development and support for a U.S. Program Office for the Global Water and Energy Exchanges (GEWEX) project of the World Climate Research Program, among providing broader support for U.S. interagency water activities under USGCRP.

She has also served as a program manager in NOAA’s Climate Program Office, where she managed the Climate Monitoring Program, which supports development of authoritative climate data records and information products tailored for various researchers and stakeholders. Before coming to the D.C. area in 2014, she spent several years working with a diverse water science research community as senior program manager and then deputy director of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI), a non-profit university consortium for water research, funded primarily by the U.S. National Science Foundation, that develops community science initiatives and infrastructure to support interdisciplinary water science. During her time with CUAHSI, Jennifer focused on community hydrologic modeling, data services, technical exchange programs for instrumentation development, and water science education and training.


Dr. Danielle Ignace: University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Forest and Conservation Sciences

Danielle Ignance profile picDr. Danielle Ignace is a broadly trained plant physiologist, ecologist, and ecosystem scientist with a passion for science communication. From desert systems to temperate forests, she studies how global change (climate change, landscape disturbance, and non-native species invasions) impacts ecosystem function. In her lab, their goal is to answer one question: How does global change affect ecosystem function and communities of color?

She is a recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, was nominated for the Technical Excellence Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and recently became an Associate Editor for Elementa.

Fostering unique collaborations with faculty and students to understand and communicate the world’s most pressing global change problems is the hallmark of her research, teaching, YouTube channel, podcast, and ArtSci projects. Read her full biography here: Dr. Ignace is Native American (Coeur d’Alene) and strives to be a strong voice and advocate for people of color. She was recently featured in the Indigenous Voices Webinar Series for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and accepted an invitation to join the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the American Society of Plant Biology. Dr. Ignace has a strong commitment to enhancing indigenous voices in STEM and strengthening indigenous curriculum. To learn more about her background and tribe click HERE.



Dr. Beth Caissie: Physical Scientist at USGS-Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center

Dr. Beth Caissie is a geologist with interests in paleoceanography, marine sedimentation, sea ice, and cenozoic climate change. She is a physical scientist with USGS with a courtesy Associate Adjunct Professor at University of California Santa Cruz in the Department of Ocean Sciences. In Dr. Caissie’s presentation, she will demystify the federal application process and share how she made her career transition from an academic to federal scientist.

In her research, she focuses on diatom assemblages and their environmental niches (derived both from ecological observations and statistical relationships), but also employs such tools as diatom morphology and how it changes based on the presence or absence of ice, grain size, clay mineralogy, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen isotopes, and sediment biomarkers such as IP25 and alkenones. Her research employs a multi-proxy approach over a variety of time scales ranging from annual to millennial and was awarded by NSF to compile sea ice records from the North Pacific for the past several glacial-interglacial cycles.

Before her time at USGS and UC Santa Cruz, she was an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences (2012-2020), a Research Assistant at University of Massachusetts Department of Geosciences (2003-2012), and a Sedimentologist in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in the Bering Sea (2009). Her outreach has included presentations to more than 1,000 students from pre-K to undergraduate and ~200 educators from both urban and rural schools and community colleges. Ranging from lab tours, workshops, to props with cold weather gear and a walrus tusk, Dr. Caissie brings her research to the public with enthusiasm.


Dr. Cari Ficken: University of Buffalo

carrie ficken profile pic​Dr. Ficken recently joined the University at Buffalo as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and is an ecologist interested in the effects of disturbances on plant communities and ecosystem functioning. She uses concepts and techniques from biogeochemistry, plant physiology, and community ecology to understand how plants mediate the feedbacks between environmental conditions and ecosystem processes. She also uses trait-based frameworks to develop hypotheses which link multiple levels of organization and to generalize responses across systems.

Dr. Ficken is a leader and chair for the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Early Career Ecologists section. She was awarded the Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science in 2017, the DOE-ORNL Go! Fellowship in 2016, and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award in 2015. Read more about Dr. Ficken’s lab, interests and current research here:


Past, Recorded Webinars

All past webinars are available online on YouTube: