Dr. Tom Mumford received his BA from Wabash College in 1966 and his doctorate in botany from the University of Washington in 1972. He spent three years at the University of British Columbia on a postdoctoral fellowship before joining the Washington Department of Natural Resources in 1976.
At DNR he researched the cultivation of seaweeds for the production of phycocolloids and food, the biology and management of seaweeds and seagrasses, and the inventory and monitoring of marine and estuarine habitats.
He served as a member of the Nearshore Science Team for the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project.
He is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Phycological Society of America. He has taught in various universities and consulted overseas in seaweed aquaculture.
Since retirement in 2011, he continues to study marine algal biodiversity, the role of kelp in marine ecosystems, and kelp restoration. Dr. Mumford generously provides educational outreach and consulting to researchers, organizations, and the public.