Philippe Schoeneich is a geographer-geomorphologist. He did a thesis at the University of Lausanne on glacial geomorphology of the Vaud Pre-Alps (Switzerland). Since 2001, he has been professor of physical geography at the Institut de Géographie Alpine (IGA) in Grenoble. His work focuses on the geomorphology of mountains, in particular on gravity movements and periglacial phenomena, as well as on natural hazards, including geohistorical approaches. He coordinates an observatory of the mountain permafrost of the French Alps, the PermaFRANCE network. He has directed or co-directed several theses on mountain permafrost and rock glaciers. He is the national correspondent of the GTN-P (Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost) for France.