All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
A quote that says at once too much and too little. In some sense he is of course right. Anything studied by science exists as it does because of the fundamentals of particle interaction, space, and time. Smaller scale things are in particular bound by the rules thermodynamics and low-energy electromagnetic interaction.
If the strong force were a bit different than it is, we probably wouldn’t have fiddler crabs. However, the particulars of quark interactions probably won’t help a biologist interested in arthropod behavior. He or she is likely already studying his or her subjects with an efficiency that physics can’t improve much on.