Emmanuel Boss


University of Maine

Emmanuel Boss

Research Director

Bio sketch

Professor of Oceanogrpahy at the Univeristy of Maine and current leader of the science team for NASA’s future Ocean Color satellite PACE. Emmanuel Boss co-authored >100 scientific publications mainely focused on method development to measure a variety of parameters associated with marine micron-sized particles and using these methods to study oceanographic process. Measurements span from those collected with in-situ sensors to satellite remote sensing. Boss started in academia studying mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he also obtained a Masters in Oceanography. In 1991 he moved to the United States where he obtained a PhD in Oceanography focused on modeling large scale oceanic fluid dynamics from the University of Washington. In the last years of his PhD he was introduced to marine optics and, upon graduating, he became fully involved with marine optics, spanning studies from theory of light interaction with marine particles to the design of sensors to measure their properties. Boss is a coordinator for the Tara Expedition, where he contributed a NASA funded system to measure optical properties of particles throughout the 3yrs of the Tara Ocean and Tara Med Expeditions. Boss is an avid proponent of hands-on science education and has worked with students to develop affordable sensors to measure properties of marine particles. This interest has drawn him to join with Colomban de Vargas for the Plankton Planet project where he is responsible to provide advice on methods to measure environmental variable linked to the genetic samples collected by citizen scientists.

Selected publications:

(complete listing @ http://misclab.umeoce.maine.edu/publications.php)

  • Behrenfeld, M. and E. Boss, 2014. Resurrecting the ecological underpinnings of ocean plankton blooms. Annual Review of Marine Science, 6, 167-194, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-marine-052913-021325.


  • Boss, E., H. Gildor, W. Slade, L. Sokoletsky, A. Oren, and J. Loftin, 2013. Optical properties of the Dead Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol 118, Nos. 1–9, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20109.


  • Boss, E., M. Picheral, T. Leeuw, A. Chase, E. Karsenti, G. Gorsky, L. Taylor, W. Slade, J. Ras, and H. Claustre, 2013. The characteristics of particulate absorption, scattering and attenuation coefficients in the surface ocean; Contribution of the Tara Oceans expedition. Methods in Oceanography, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mio.2013.11.002.


  • Leeuw, T., E. S. Boss, and D. L. Wright, 2013. In situ Measurements of phytoplankton dluorescence using low cost electronics. Sensors, 13, 7872-7883, doi:10.3390/s130607872.


  • Werdell, J. P., C. W. Proctor, E. Boss, T. Leeuw, and M. Ouhssain, 2013. Underway sampling of marine inherent optical properties on the Tara Oceans expedition as a novel resource for ocean color satellite data product validation. Methods in Oceanography, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mio.2013.09.001.


  • Bergamaschi, Brian A., Jacob A. Fleck, Bryan D. Downing, Emmanuel Boss, Brian A. Pellerin, Neil K. Ganju, David H. Schoellhamer, Amy A. Byington, Wesley A. Heim, Mark Stephenson, and Roger Fujii, 2012. Mercury dynamics in a San Francisco estuary tidal wetland: Assessing dynamics using in situ measurements, Estuaries and Coasts, doi: 10.1007/s12237-012-9501-3.


  • Boss, E., and J. Loftin, 2012. Spotlight on education — Engineering literacy for undergraduates in marine science: A case for hands on, Oceanography 25(2):219–221, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.61.
Selected service:
  • Member, Scientific Steering Committee, International Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study, SOLAS, 2015-present.
  • Member, International Ocean Color Coordination Group Committee, IOCCG, 2015-present.
  • Lead, NASA PACE Science Team, 2014-2017.
  • Coordinator, Tara Expeditions, 2013-present.