Phil has worked for many years in international species conservation. He previously concentrated on highly threatened species in Asia, Africa and South America with particular areas of study in India, Nepal, China and Djibouti. This work concentrated on Galliformes, an order of birds that includes turkeys, pheasants, grouse and the wild ancestor of the chicken. 25% of Galliformes are at risk of extinction, typically because of people hunting them for food. He now seeks to understand what research can help inform policy and how to best communicate it.