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Emmanuel Boss

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Emmanuel Boss

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Emmanuel Boss


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5706 Aubert Hall
Orono, ME  04469-5706


PhD, University of Washington, 1997


A principal thrust of my current research is the use of measured optical properties (absorption, scattering and attenuation) to obtain the bulk properties of the matter in the ocean (e.g. particulate size distribution, composition). Theoretical studies (Mie and T-matrix methods) are used to investigate dependencies that are tested with data obtained in the field.

To increase the information we can obtain in-situ on particles and their properties, I am currently getting into Ocean Acoustics.

Areas of Interest

In alphabetical order: biological-physical interactions, geophysical fluid dynamics, Lagrangian and Eulerian dynamics and kinematics, Marine Optics (remote sensing as well as inversion of optical properties to obtain particulate and dissolved properties), mesoscale (fronts, jets, and eddies) dynamics, mixed-layer dynamics, science teaching methodology.


•  PhD 1997, Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
•  MSc 1991, Oceanography, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
•  BSc 1990, Mathematics and Physics with minor in Atmospheric Sciences, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel



Professor, University of Maine, Orono, 2010-present

•  Associate Professor, University of Maine, Orono, 2005-2010
•  Assistant Professor, University of Maine, Orono, 2002-2005
•  Assistant Professor (Sr. Res.), Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1999-2002
•  Research Associate, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1998-1999
•  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1998-1998, Postdoc advisor: J. Ron V. Zaneveld
•  Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington, Seattle, 1997-1997, Postdoc advisor: Mary Jane Perry

Research interests

The bulk of our work is concerned with both basic and applied research. Among others, we develop new methods to use acoustical and optical properties (both from remote sensing and in-situ sensors) to quantify and characterize oceanic particulate materials.

Our research is most often done in collaboration with researchers from outside UMaine, both from other universities (e.g. OSU, WHOI, Dalhousie) as well as private companies (e.g. Sequoia Scientific and WETLabs).


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