He studied at Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris and traveled to Malaysia and Thailand for the first time in 1972 to observe how plants managed to grow on rocks or in forest underbrush. He has been a researcher with the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris since 1982. A fixture in the French media, he has also published a handful of books for a general audience about his work.
Here's the man himself:
Hmmmmmm........kinda makes me want to create one of my own!!
Here's how you start it out: