Dr. Paul Anamosa is the owner of Vineyard Soil Technologies, a California based viticultural consulting company specializing in soil analysis, land evaluation for winegrape production, and vine nutritional disorders.
Paul was raised in New Mexico and has Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Biology, and Pest Management from New Mexico State University. Paul joined the U.S. Peace Corp in 1979, and served as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Jamaica focusing on soil erosion and soil fertility management. Paul return to the United States and 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. Paul conducted his dissertation research in Cameroon while a faculty member at the National Advanced School for Agriculture.
Paul won a prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellowship in 1989, which placed him in the technical offices of the United States Agency for International Development as a policy advisor on African agricultural education and research. During this fellowship and in the few years that followed Dr. Anamosa worked as a research strategy consultant on soil fertility management issues in over 15 African countries, and accumulated over 6 years of long-term assignments in Cameroon, Zaire (Dem. Rep. of Congo) and Senegal.
Longing for home and looking for his next adventure, Paul returned to the United States in 1996, enrolled at UC Davis, and received a M.S. in Viticulture in the spring of 1997. 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 18,000 soil pits and interpreted the data from over 30,000 soil and grape leaf tissue samples in his 14 years working in California viticulture.