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 ecosystem research to restoration practice. Philip left the university in 2009 to set up MPG Ranch. Philip left teaching to manage MPG. Philip believes that observation of nature is invaluable to an ecologist.
Matthew A. Bowker, Kyle D. Doherty, Anita J. Antoninka, Philip W. Ramsey, Mary Ellyn DuPre and Rebecca A. Durham (2022). Biocrusts Influence Vascular Plant Community Development, Promoting Native Plant Dominance. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10.3389.
Marirose P. Kuhlman, Skyler Burrows, Daniel L. Mummey, Philip W. Ramsey, Philip G. Hahn (2021). Relative bee abundance varies by collection method and flowering richness: Implications for understanding patterns in bee community data. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 2, e12071. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12071.
Robert Domenech, Adam Shreading, Philip Ramsey, Michael McTee (2020). Widespread Lead Exposure in Golden Eagles Captured in Montana. The Journal of Wildlife Management https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21980.