Philip is an entomologist with a major focus on evolutionary and microbial ecology. He has worked on a range of ecosystems including pollinators and pathogen vectors. By working with both symbiotic and pathogenic microbes, he hopes to understand pest control with microbes and symbiotic microbes to benefit important ecosystem service providing insects.
He is currently undertaking his second research position at the Lancaster Environment Centre. Philip is currently working on the Biopesticides for Africa project in the Insect Parasite Ecology Group. This project studies the practical applications of an insect pathogen as a pesticide for control of a key crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa.