2021 Annual Meeting Agenda

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For talks and breakout discussions, we will use zoom. You can download it for free here. Please be sure to update your zoom client to the latest version, to enable moving between breakouts independently.

For the poster sessions, we will use a virtual conference venue on the Gather platform. We strongly recommend that you take a bit of time before the meeting, to try out the space in gather and get familiar with the features. The 30 second tutorial is also good! It’s best (and most fun) to join together with a colleague to make sure that your camera and microphone work ok.

Links to zoom and gather will be shared via email closer to the meeting.

Monday, September 20

Time (Pacific) Meeting Agenda
8:30 AM Welcome Session

Welcome and announcements from the Conference Chairs

Sebastien Biraud: AmeriFlux Management Project Update

9:00 AM Session 1 – Water: Keynote talk
Rafael Poyatos:
Transpiration of trees and forests using the SAPFLUXNET database: from species-level water use strategies to the quantification of ecosystem transpiration
9:20 AM


Session 1 – Water: Contributed talks
Jacob Nelson:
Trends and developments in water flux partitioning at ecosystem scale (10 min)

Mallory Barnes: Thermal remote sensing for terrestrial ecosystem science (10 min)

Camilo Rey-Sanchez: Combining ECOSTRESS, CubeSats and footprint modelling to improve the estimates of evaporation in Corn and Alfalfa fields (10 min)

10:00 AM 15 min break
10:15 AM Address by Jennifer Arrigo, Department of Energy
10:30 AM

Breakout details

Breakout discussions – parallel breakouts

  • MexFlux: past, present and future directions of carbon and water fluxes monitoring in mexican ecosystems
  • Improving integration of sap flux and other tree-level ecophysiological measurements with AmeriFlux datasets
  • Flux Data in the Classroom: Curriculum Development
  • Incorporating Artificial Intelligence into Ameriflux Research
11:15 AM Breakout report back
11:30 AM

Jobs Lounge

Poster list

Poster Session 1

Join us on gather to view and discuss posters, talk to vendors, reconnect with colleagues or meet new collaborators! More here.

ATTENTION: This year’s virtual conference venue will offer a ‘Jobs Lounge’ – if you want to share a job ad, please let us know! More here.

After hours
12:30-1:30 PM Career mentor panel for Early Career Researchers

Hear about career trajectories from different members of the AmeriFlux community and ask your questions directly in small breakout rooms. Separate registration required through this link.


  • George Burba, LI-COR Biosciences
  • Russel Scott, USDA-ARS
  • Stefan Metzger, NEON
  • Christian Frankenberg, Caltech
  • Gilberto Pastorello, LBNL
  • Natasha MacBean, Indiana University

Tuesday, September 21

Time (Pacific) Meeting Agenda
8:35AM Welcome Day 2 – Logistical announcements
8:45 AM Session 2 – Natural Climate Solutions: Keynote talk
Caroline Normile
: Translating terrestrial carbon cycle science from the field to federal policy: challenges and opportunities for nature-based solutions to advance meaningful climate mitigation


Session 2 – Natural Climate Solutions: Contributed talks

Team Talk – Jeffrey W. Atkins, Cameron Clay, Chris Gough, Lisa Haber, Laura Hickey, Kayla C. Mathes, Kerstin Niedermaier: Promoting forest carbon cycling resilience to disturbance: Lessons learned and management recommendations from the US-UMB and -UMd Ameriflux site (15 min)

Susanne Wiesner: Combining Remote Sensing Models and Eddy Covariance to Monitor Natural Climate Solutions in Agricultural Production Systems (10 min)

Team Talk – Thomas Fenster, Patty Oikawa: Examining Climate Mitigation Practices at the Ecosystem Scale: Carbon Cycling, Methane Uptake, Evapotranspiration and Phenology Responses to Compost Application in a Grazed Grassland (15 min)

9:45 AM

Breakout details

Breakout discussions – parallel breakouts

  • AmeriFlux Natural Climate Solutions Working Group: Next Steps
  • ET challenges and opportunities
  • Towards FLUXNET-CH4 2.0: Identifying new strategies, leadership, and science priorities for future eddy covariance measurements of methane fluxes
10:30 AM 30 min break
11:00 AM Panel Discussion: Awareness and Action for Inclusive Fieldwork

  • Rebecca Barnes, Colorado College
  • Peter Griffith, NASA
  • Norma Salinas, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  • Rodrigo Vargas, University of Delaware

Moderation: Avni Malhotra, University of Zurich

11:45 AM DEI breakout discussion on safe and inclusive fieldwork
12:15 PM Breakout report back
After hours – Parallel events:
12:30-2:00 PM Beyond the Professoriate Workshop for Early Career Researchers (90 min)

Join this workshop to get your questions answered, hear success stories, and discuss career opportunities beyond professorship! Separate registration required, through this link.

12:30-1:30 PM AMP Helpdesk: Tech and Data Services for your research

How can AmeriFlux Tech and Data Services benefit your research? Find out in this session. AMP Team members will review basic services, highlights from this past year, and upcoming activities. Then, we’ll break into groups for informal discussion and questions. Slides here.


Wednesday, September 22

Time (Pacific) Meeting Agenda
8:35 AM Welcome Day 3 – Logistical announcements
8:45 AM Session 3 – Open Science Session: Keynote talk
Ben Halpern:
Priorities for synthesis in ecology and environmental science
9:05 AM


Session 3 – Open Science Session: Contributed Talks

Team Talk – Kenneth Davis, Clair Jin, Natasha Miles, Samantha Murphy, Eli Vogel, Kai Wu: Urban eddy-covariance: Why, how and where (15 min)

Steve Kannenberg: Drought-induced decoupling between tree growth and carbon uptake impacts forest carbon turnover time (10 min)

Team Talk – Kyle Delwiche, Trevor Keenan, David JP Moore, Kim Novick: The FLUXNET Coordination Project: A new initiative to support global network-enabled science (15 min)

9:45 AM

Breakout details

Breakout discussions – parallel breakouts

  • Advancing land-atmosphere interactions research at flux tower sites through integration of boundary layer observations
  • Informing models with AmeriFlux observations: needs and opportunities from the AmeriFlux-RUBISCO working group
  • Eddy Covariance Measurements in Urban Environment
10:30 AM 30 min break
11:00-11:30 PM Social Mixer in Gather

Take our Trivia/Networking challenge, or just mingle and catch up in Gather!

11:30 AM

Jobs Lounge

Poster list

Poster Session 2

ATTENTION: This year’s virtual conference venue will offer a ‘Jobs Lounge’ – if you want to share a job ad, please let us know! More here.

12:30-12:45 PM Breakout report back and Closing session