Philip earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology (2006) from the University of Montana for a dissertation on the relationship between mine waste contamination and ecosystem function in the Clark Fork River Valley upstream of Missoula. As a graduate student, Philip also published on the influence of management practices on forest soils, factors allowing for the spread of invasive weeds in grasslands, and nutrient flow between rivers and floodplain forests. As a fellow of the Inland Northwest Research Alliance, Philip received training from professors all over the northwest in soil science and restoration. For a complete list of Philip's publications, click here
After graduate school, Philip became a research assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana, where he continued research on ecosystem processes. He also started a consulting company to apply the best research to restoration practice. Philip left the university in 2009 to set up MPG Ranch. He lives near Darby on the banks of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River with his wife, Bonny, who is a realtor in the area.