Max Willian Tavares de Almeida had his viva yesterday, 20th December. After a nice 5-hour defence by teleconference, he obtained his PhD in Ecology and Evolution at the Universidade Federal de Goiás.
Max’s thesis describes the shortfalls in the knowledge on the taxonomy and distribution of termites at a global scale. He related the gaps and biases in knowlege about this important group with several factors, such as economic development, academic capacity, or poiltical stability. Max was co-supervised by Joaquín Hortal and Juliana Stropp of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (Madrid), and by José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho at the Universidade Federal de Goiás. During his PhD Max endured the effects of the covid pandemic and the cuts in invesment on research of the former Brazilian government, so this is a great end of paragraph for his career. Some of Max’s great results will be published in the forthcoming months.