Rodrigo Antônio Castro-Souza (a.k.a. Pirilo), a PhD student from the Federal University of Mato Grosso (Cuiabá, Brazil) has joined the group for a three-month exchange, until June 2024, during the last year of his doctoral studies.

Pirilo began his scientific career working with alpha taxonomy of cave crickets. During his master’s degree he became interested in Macroecology and Ecoinformatics. In his PhD he is mapping the ignorance (or lack of knowledge) about the global biodiversity of Orthoptera (Arthropoda, Insecta), seeking to understand processes and patterns of such ignorance, as well as developing new methods to quantify several shortfalls in biodiversity information.

During his stay at MNCN he will develop a new chapter of his thesis, investigating how taxonomic changes may affect the Linnean shortfall for Orthoptera.

You can follow Rodrigo Castro-Souza’s research at Google Scholar or ResearchGate.