Dr. Paul Anamosa is the owner of Vineyard Soil Technologies. Paul has a Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Biology, and Pest Management from New Mexico State University. Paul joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 1979, and served as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Jamaica focusing on soil erosion and soil fertility management. After Peace Corps, Paul earned a MS degree in Soil Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and then a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility Management from the University of Florida with a focus on international agricultural development. After six years working as a research strategy consultant on soil fertility management issues all over Africa, Paul returned to the United States in 1996, enrolled at UC Davis, and received a M.S. in Viticulture. Paul then served as Vice President and Senior Soil Scientist at Crop Care Associates, Inc. for seven years prior to starting his own company, Vineyard Soil Technologies, in 2004. Paul estimates that he has evaluated over 30,000 soil pits and interpreted the data from over 60,000 soil and grape leaf tissue samples over his 20 year career in viticulture.
Dr. Nicholaus Madden is a soil scientist who started working part-time for Vineyard Soil Technologies in 2013 and joined full-time in October 2017. Nicholaus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology, a M.S. in International Development, with an emphasis in Agronomy, and a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry. Nicholaus was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from 1997 to 1999, and served as an Agricultural Extensionist in Honduras focusing on soil conservation. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010, Nicholaus worked for seven years managing USAID (United States Agency for International Development) agriculture projects in the Middle East and Central Asia for UC Davis. Before joining Vineyard Soil Technologies, Nicholaus was Chief-of-Party for a USAID project in Afghanistan focused on rebuilding the Afghan agriculture extension system.