Ryan Drum PhD, has a BSc in Chemical Technology and a PhD in Botany (Phycology) from Iowa State University. While a NATO scholar, he did postdoctoral studies on Cell Biology using the electron microscope and microcine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany and Leeds, England. For ten years he taught Botany and related subjects at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, UCLA and Western Washington University.
He studied herbal medicine with Ella Birzneck, founder of Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia for 12 years, and taught at their summer seminars for 35 years. He has been an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 1984, and he lectures at major herbal conferences and herbal schools.
Dr. Drum is the author of over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the author of Electron Microscopy of Diatom Cells 1966, Springer Verlag, a 100-Plate Atlas, in print for 20 years, and a contributing author of two chapters in Planting the Future (Gladstar and Hirsch 2001) and a chapter in Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, M. Friedman 2005.
The proud father of three wonderful children and two fantastic grandchildren, he lives in a rustic little hilltop cabin he built over 40 years ago on Waldron Island, off the grid, without indoor plumbing or refrigeration. He has maintained a miniscule carbon footprint while striving to live close to nature as a professional wildcrafter.
Ryan believes in true patient autonomy: the freedom and right to choose one’s caregivers independent of their official certification.