Virgile has been a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA) since January 2018 and the ISC CNRS in Lyon since January 2021. As a behavioral ecologist, he has worked in various field sites on different species (coral, gibbons (Nomascus sp.), capuchin (Sapajus xanthosternos), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), in both conservation (ex-situ) and fundamental research domains. Virgile is primarily interested in great ape conservation and holds research is a solution to achieve those goals. During his Ph.D., he conducted behavioural and hormonal data collection while being the in-situ manager for the Tai chimpanzees Project in Tai national park, Cote d'Ivoire.
Being part of the IMPRS program at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Sohapi German Primate Research Group (https://www.sohapi.de/index.php), his focuses are on aspects of sociality, such as social stress, friendship and integration, and their impact on chimpanzees physiology (urinary glucocorticoid and oxytocin levels), and health (neopterin, virome).