Philip and his wife Bonny-Bleu live at the Orchard House on MPG Ranch. Philip oversees the science program and management. Bonny-Bleu works as a real-estate agent. She also helps Philip with many projects and outreach. Philip and Bonny share a commitment to protecting, preserving, and restoring western ecosystems.
Philip studied ecology at the University of Montana as an undergraduate. He received a fellowship from the Inland Northwest Research Alliance to attend graduate school. In that program, he received training from professors all over the northwest in soil science and restoration. Philip earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2006 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. 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’s work was supported by the philanthropy of the owner of a conservation property in the Swan Valley, who in 2009 purchased MPG Ranch to expand their conservation goals. Philip left teaching to manage MPG. Philip believes that observation of nature is invaluable to an ecologist. So, in his hours off you will find him on a river or in the backcountry with Bonny.
Bonny-Bleu graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance and played Division 1 tennis. She was a wildland firefighter on initial attack crews in the summer and worked in multiple areas for the Region 1 office of the Forest Service. After college, Bonny moved to Colorado where she started her real estate career working for Liv Sotheby's International Realty and View West Properties. She is licensed in both Montana and Colorado selling ranches, land, waterfront, and residential properties. She loves getting outside in the sunshine with Philip.
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.
Kyle D. Doherty, Henry S. Grover, Matthew A. Bowker, Rebecca A. Durham, Anita J. Antoninka, Philip W. Ramsey, (2020). Producing moss-colonized burlap fabric in a fog chamber for restoration of biocrust. Ecological Engineering Volume 158, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2020.106019.
Melissa J Reynolds-Hogland, Alan B Ramsey, August T Seward, Kristine L Pilgrim, Cory Engkjer, Philip W Ramsey (2020). Response of a remnant marmot population to habitat enhancement yields insights into marmot ecology. Journal of Mammalogy Volume 101, Issue 3, 22 May 2020, Pages 658–669, https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyaa021.