Lee Karp-Boss is a phytoplankton ecologist, interested in understanding how physical processes are affecting phytoplankton distributions and species composition. Her research focuses primarily on phytoplankton-flow interaction at the scale of individual phytoplankton cells and chains. A second area of research interest focuses on the understanding of optical signatures of phytoplankton (and phytoplankton byproducts). She is currently involved in a study that examines the scattering characteristics of different phytoplankton taxonomic groups. Another project focuses on the relationship between light attenuation and particulate organic material in coastal environments. Professor Karp-Boss is a Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Faculty Fellow for 2016-17.