Dan earned his B.A. in microbiology at Eastern Washington University, his M.S. in soil science at Washington State University, and his Ph.D. in soil science and restoration ecology at the University of Wyoming. After graduating in 2004, he worked as an assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana, Missoula. Dan's research focuses on how soil structure, soil organisms and plants determine plant community composition and ecosystem function.
In Dan’s current role at MPG Ranch he develops and implements methods to establish healthy native plant communities in disturbed areas.
Biocrusts, Lichen and Moss
Doherty, K., Bowker, M. A., Durham, R. A., Antoninka, A., Ramsey, P., & Mummey, D. (2019). Adapting mechanized vascular plant seed dispersal technologies to biocrust moss restoration. . Restoration Ecology 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12998.
Mummey, D. L., Stoffel, L., & Ramsey, P. W. (2018). Preestablished Plant Influences on Antelope Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata Pursh) Seedling Recruitment and Growth: Analysis of Species and Positional Effects. Natural Areas Journal 38(1), 44-54. https://doi.org/10.3375/043.038.0106.
McTee, M. R., Lekberg, Y., Mummey, D., Rummel, A., & Ramsey, P. W. (2017). Do invasive plants structure microbial communities to accelerate decomposition in intermountain grasslands? Ecology and Evolution 7(24), 11227-11235. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3608.
Durham, R. A., Mummey, D. L., Shreading, L., & Ramsey, P. W. (2017). Phenological patterns differ between exotic and native plants: Field observations from the Sapphire Mountains, Montana. Natural Areas Journal 37(3), 361-381. https://doi.org/10.3375/043.037.0310.