Richard Pyle's main field of expertise involves the taxonomy and biogeography of coral-reef fishes. His other areas of interest include the use of advanced diving technology to document biodiversity inhabiting deeper regions of tropical coral reefs, and also the development of computer database systems (and associated data standards) for managing biodiversity information.
He earned his PhD under the guidance of John E. Randall, and has worked in the Department of Natural Sciences at Bishop Museum since 1986. He has authored over a hundred scientific, technical, and popular articles, has been featured in dozens of documentary films, and has received a number of significant awards for his achievements. Pyle is also a commissioner of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.
George Dyson is a historian of technology whose interests have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986), the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines, 1997), and the exploration of space (Project Orion, 2002). Turing’s Cathedral, “a creation myth for the digital universe,” will be published by Pantheon (USA) and Penguin (UK) in January 2012.
Panel and Session Speakers
Biology and Biodiversity Literature
Education and Learning: Finding a Place for the BHL in Lifelong Learning
Publishers, Aggregators, and Authors - New Models and Access
Life and Literature Humanities Track: Building Collaborative Networks for Science and the Humanities through Scientific Literature