Barbara Lynette Rye

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Barbara Lynette Rye is an Australian botanist born in 1952. [1]

Barbara Rye has been associated with the Western Australian Herbarium, where her work as a taxonomist has been the source of many new descriptions of plants. The number of taxa recorded as described by women authors is historically very low, of the terrestrial plant species this amount is around three percent, [2] yet in analysis published in 2019 Rye is amongst the ten most prolific women taxonomists. [3]

Born in Perth, Western Australia, she spent her childhood investigating the local flora and fauna of the Southwest Australia region, a biodiversity hotspot, and later began studies at the University of Western Australia. Barbara Rye entered the fields of zoology and botany, taking a special interest in genetics and evolutionary biology. The first description of a new species was a Darwinia , a genus of the family Myrtaceae that Rye investigated for her doctoral thesis, separating Darwinia capitellata from a more widely distributed group. [3]

Rye is co-author or major contributor to several standard works of Australian botany, Flora of the Perth Region, Flora of the Kimberley, and in assembling treatments of the Thymelaeaceae for the Flora of Australia series. By early 2019, Barbara Rye was the acknowledged author of over two hundred and thirty new species. [3]

The standard author abbreviation Rye is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [4]

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  1. "Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries - Index of Botanists - Rye, Barbara Lynette". Harvard University Herbaria . Harvard University . Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. Lindon, Heather L.; Gardiner, Lauren M.; Brady, Abigail; Vorontsova, Maria S. (2015). "Fewer than three percent of land plant species named by women: Author gender over 260 years". Taxon. 64 (2): 209–215. doi:10.12705/642.4. ISSN   1996-8175.
  3. 1 2 3 Thiele, K. (May 2019). "Post "The amazing Dr Rye"". Taxonomy Australia. Australian Academy of Science.
  4. IPNI.  Rye.