Max arrived at the University of Bristol as an undergraduate in 2009, where he studied for an MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution in the School of Earth Sciences. He went on to complete a PhD with the school in 2018, studying large-scale evolutionary processes in crocodylomorph reptiles. After completing his PhD he spent a year working for the Office for National Statistics, specialising in data linkage and machine learning. He has great affection for the University of Bristol, and was very happy to rejoin as a permanent member of staff in December 2019.
He is interested in large-scale evolutionary processes, particularly in vertebrates, and how ecosystems evolve and interact with the environment. His research has made extensive use of phylogenetic comparative methods, ordination spaces, machine learning, and species distribution modelling.