Philippe likes to work where others go on vacation. For his fieldwork, he ended up in the deep jungles of Borneo rather by chance. There, as part of the Sabah Biodiversity Experiment, he researched trees, mycorrhizae and carbon flux in the tropical ecosystem from 2004-2010. A sighting of an orangutan sitting lonely on the last tree in the cleared secondary forest left its mark on him. Since then, the fascination of the richness of species and the protection of the rainforest has been a matter of the heart. The intensive use of the agricultural landscape and how we can make it sustainable and for future generations also inspires him professionally.
As a co-founder and board member of the Rhino and Forest Fund, he supports reforestation strategies and fundraising in Switzerland during his free time.