Laura Decker, President
With 20+ years’ experience in public accounting, corporate financial reporting and planning, small business development, and management, Laura has brought her skills to Prolific Earth Sciences to grow the innovative diagnostic testing company. The company’s mission is to enable soil stewards all over the world to use mobile technology and the cost-effective soil test, microBIOMETER®, to assess regenerative soil practices, to improve soil health, and work towards increased soil carbon sequestration.
Tasked with educating regenerative growers and environmentalists in the importance of soil microbial biomass to soil health, she can often be found on Zoom talking about the power of knowledge and data as soil stewards make inroads in understanding the importance of soil microbial life to the health of soil, the food grown on that soil, and the earth. When not working to help the earth, Laura can be seen hiking, snowboarding (badly), and playing in the wonderful Pacific Northwest.
Janet Doherty, Director of Sales and Marketing
Janet brings extensive experience in business management and marketing to Prolific Earth Sciences. She has spent more than 30 years working in a number of business roles including accounting, administrative, bookkeeping, marketing, and sales. In 2007, she started three blogs which enabled her to gain valuable knowledge in the areas of content writing and website promotion. This blogging experience lead her towards a passion for online digital marketing.
At Prolific Earth Sciences, she has created a social media presence with a current following of close to 20,000 and has also played an integral role in enhancing the company’s website. Her sales and marketing position has since expanded to include communications with current & potential customers, distributor agreements, product pricing and negotiating large international sales. Under her management sales have increased in the US and to over 18 countries. When not in front of her computer, Janet can be found reading, spending time with family & friends and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley.
Marisa Flannery, Soil Scientist
Marisa, a native of the Hudson Valley, recently joined the microBIOMETER® team in June 2022. Marisa acquired a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Pace University with a focus in soil science. Throughout her graduate studies, Marisa spent summers in Costa Rica analyzing the microbiomes of medicinal plant species native to the region to help determine the role they play on the ecosystem. Marisa’s role in the company includes test development and quality control, research and content creation, and customer support. When she’s not in the office or lab, you can find her outside bird watching or scouring the forest floor for native wildflowers.
Jeffrey Hall, Director of Manufacturing
Jeff Hall manages the manufacturing at Prolific Earth Sciences in addition to providing key support for lab and research. Jeff joined the company in 2016 after obtaining is BS from Binghamton University in 2014. Jeff has been integral in developing an efficient and fast manufacturing and shipping process. When he is not managing inventory, building or shipping kits, he can be found behind a microscope working to improve the understanding of soil microbes. During his free time, Jeffrey enjoys music, videogames, and contemplating the futility of life.
Jeff Lowenfels, known to many as gardenerjeff, has become a leader in the organic gardening/sustainability movement as a result of his bestselling gardening books. His talks have converted tens of thousands of gardeners at venues throughout North and South America. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web was reviewed as the most important new gardening book in 25 years. His second book, also an award-winning best seller, is Teaming with Nutrients, The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition. Jeff’s other books include Teaming with Fungi and DIY Autoflowering Cannabis.
Jeff is a highly respected and popular garden writer. He is the former President of the Garden Writers of America, a GWA Fellow and in 2005 was inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame, the highest honor a garden writer can achieve.
Dr. Forbes Walker
Dr. Forbes Walker has a Bachelor’s of Science in plant science and Masters in Science in seed technology from the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Scotland. After receiving his MS, he spent almost 10 years working on agricultural extension, research and development projects in several countries in Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia). Based on these experiences, he earned a Ph.D. in soil science at North Carolina State University.
In 1998, he joined the University of Tennessee Extension as the environmental soil specialist. His work has focused on developing and educating farmers on agricultural best management practices that optimize production without negatively impacting the environment, including no-till systems for organic production, manure and nutrient management and watershed management. He currently has projects with partners in Lesotho developing conservation agricultural systems for small-holder farmers and agricultural and community development in Guatemala.
M. Jill Clapperton, Ph.D.
Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health.
Jill was the Rhizosphere Ecologist for 16 years at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre in Lethbridge Alberta Canada before she moved to her husband’s family ranch in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. She is often seen during the growing season on the Rhizoterra Experimental farm north of Reardan Washington USA.