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Noelle Relles earned a doctorate in marine science, with a concentration in biology and a sub-concentration in marine policy. For her graduate research she mapped the coral reefs off the coast of the island of Bonaire using satellite remote sensing techniques. She is interested in science that informs policy, and the maps she created on the state of the island’s reefs was used by the Bonaire National Marine Park to influence its management decisions.

Relles has given talks at the International Coral Reef Symposium and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK, GIScience & Remote Sensing, the Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs and the Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium.

Relles is coauthor of the book Getting Into Graduate School in the Sciences: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students.

Recent Courses Taught

Cellular Neurobiology
Genes and Genomes


  • GK12 PERFECT Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2009-11

Select Publications

  • Relles, N.J., M.R. Patterson and D.O.B. Jones. 2018. Change detection in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) over three decades on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK 99(4):761-770
  • Relles, N.J., D. Mishra and D.O.B. Jones. 2012. Assessing landscape-level changes in reef cover on the island of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean using high resolution multispectral remote sensing. GIScience & Remote Sensing 49(2):251-274
  • Relles, N.J. and M.R. Patterson. 2011. AUVS (ROVS). Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs. Ed. David Hopley Springer-Verlag
  • Patterson, M.R. and N.J. Relles. 2008. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles resurvey Bonaire: a new tool for coral reef management. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium 1:546-550

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., College of William & Mary
B.S., Cornell University

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