Ali Chase joined APL-UW in the summer of 2020 as a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. She is collaborating with oceanographers Kyla Drushka and Peter Gaube as a member of the (Sub)mesoscale Group on several projects related to observing phytoplankton in the open ocean using optics and linking phytoplankton community composition to physical ocean features. Before beginning postdoc research in the summer of 2020, Chase earned a PhD at the University of Maine. Working there in the MISC Lab with Emmanuel Boss and Lee Karp-Boss, her dissertation was on methods to observe phytoplankton in the open ocean using optics, flow cytometry, and pigments.
During postdoc studies, Chase is working on algorithm development to detect phytoplankton community composition from ocean color satellite measurements. The approach to this challenge has two components: 1) estimate phytoplankton accessory pigment concentrations from hyperspectral remote-sensing reflectance spectra, and 2) use phytoplankton group information from imaging-in-flow cytometry to determine predictive relationships via neural networks between phytoplankton communities and ocean environmental parameters.
B.A. Geology and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College, 2009
M.S. Oceanography, University of Maine, 2014
Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Maine, 2020