Richard L. Pyle, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Richard has worked in the fish collection at Bishop Museum since 1986, and he is actively involved with several different fields of research and development. He received his Ph.D. from the Zoology Department of the University of Hawaii, studying the systematics of marine angelfishes (Pomacanthidae) under the guidance of John E. Randall. He has been scuba diving since the age of 13, and has traveled throughout the Indo-Pacific to document coral-reef fishes. Since 1989, he has been pioneering the use of advanced mixed-gas scuba diving techniques to dive to depths of 50-150 meters (165-500 feet) in search of new species of fishes and other marine organisms. This work has uncovered a much larger scope of undiscovered biodiversity within the deep-reef environment than had previously been expected. He has logged hundreds of hours of dive time on Cis-Lunar MK-4P and MK-5P closed-circuit rebreathers, and is the lead test diver for the Poseidon MK-VI and SE7EN rebreathers. Richard's main occupation is the development of computer database systems, primarily to manage systematic and biogeographic information (including ZooBank); he is an active participant in various national and international efforts to develop standards for biological databases. He is an Associate Zoologist, Database Coordinator, and Dive Safety Officer for Bernice Museum, and he is a Commissioner and Councilor for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). He has published nearly 200 scientific, technical, and popular articles on topics primarily relating to ichthyology and advanced diving techniques, and has been involved with dozens of documentary film projects, both behind and in front of the camera.