MPG ranch manager Philip Ramsey will discuss the natural history and wildlife of the ranch, which covers diverse habitats across more than 9,500 acres in the Sapphire Mountains. The presentation will explore the ranch’s history, restoration efforts, plant monitoring, and wildlife use.
This will be our annual joint meeting with the Native Plant Society. Join us Monday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Business Building, room 123 on the University of Montana campus.
Philip is committed to protecting, preserving, and restoring western ecosystems. He studied ecology at the University of Montana as an undergraduate. In graduate school, he received training from professors all over the northwest in soil science and restoration and earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2006 for a dissertation on the relationship between mine waste contamination and ecosystem functioning in the Clark Fork River Valley upstream of Missoula.
After graduate school Philip became an 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 that sought to apply the best ecosystem research to restoration practice and to monitor restoration projects for the purpose of advancing our knowledge of ecosystem function. Philip’s work was supported by the philanthropy of the owner of a conservation property in the Swan Valley, who in 2009 purchased the ranch and expanded its conservation goals. This created a unique opportunity for Philip; he left UM to manage these conservation properties full time and now oversees the ranch’s operations and management.