Richard Pyle

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Richard Pyle
Pyle in the Philippines
Born24 March 1967 (1967-03-24) (age 57)
Kailua, Hawaii
EducationPh.D., Zoology
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu
Scientific career
FieldsMarine biology
InstitutionsBishop Museum

Richard Lawrence Pyle (born 24 March 1967) is a scuba diver and ichthyologist working on Hawaii.[1][2]

Pyle discovered the principle of "Pyle stops" when decompressing from many deep dives in search of new species of fish, and has identified hundreds of new species.[3][4]

He is the author of over 130 publications.[1]

In October 2015, he won second prize, an award of €5,000, in the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, a Global Biodiversity Information Facility competition, for, "a web service that crosslinks identifiers linked to data objects in the biodiversity realm".[5] At that time, the site contained over one billion (1,000,000,000) identifiers.[5] He has been honoured by having the twilight fangblenny (Petroscirtes pylei) named in his honor.[6]

Pyle is a member of ZooBank Committee and the leader of ZooBank architecture policy working group.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Hawaii Biological Survey Staff, Richard L. Pyle". Bishop Museum. 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ Pyle, Richard. "Curriculum vitae, Richard L Pyle, Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum, Honolulu". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  3. ^ Pyle, Richard L. (1997). "The importance of deep safety stops: Rethinking ascent patterns from decompression dives". Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Richard Pyle". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Winners named for first GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge". Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  6. ^ Christopher Scharpf; Kenneth J. Lazara (26 October 2018). "Order BLENNIIFORMES: Family BLENNIIDAE". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  7. ^ "ZooBank Committee", accessed 6 November 2017.

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