Students 2016-2018

Edona Arnesen (Norway)

Edona Arnesen

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Hi! I am Edona, a girl born and raised in the south of Norway. I have been a food lover my entire life, and from I was 16 I have been working in different restaurants and cafés. These years of practical experience made me very interested in how food is produced, manufactured and consumed. I have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Agder, but while writing my bachelor's thesis I found that I wasn't all that interested anymore. My love for food, and concern for the environment and sustainable food production and consumption led me to search for other possibilities for further studies, and that was how I found the Agroecology master's program. For my final thesis I want to explore how the food industry - including restaurants/eateries - can affect the consumers to change their consumption behavior for the better - consuming less, and sustainable. 

Isabeau Compigne ( France)

Isabeau Compigne

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Hi, I'm Isabeau. I did a bachelor in Biology. Two years in Strasbourg and the third year in Montreal where I learnt a lot about how animals, plants and microbes works and are interconnected. Along the way I have been more and more interested in agriculture and food systems. I volunteer as a woofer in Canada and France to understand what was the daily life of farmers and how to face its challenges. Then I worked 6 months in an organic food shop in Paris. I wanted to learn more about food systems and how to make a positive change in that mater and that is why I end up registering to the agroecology master program . I am really interested in farmers being self-reliant and self-sufficient and introducing farming practices respectful of the environment and people as well as closing the gap between consumers and producers.

Julie Farrell (USA)

Julie Farrell

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Hi, I’m Julie! I’m originally from Tacoma, WA in the United States. I have always loved plants and (almost) always loved China. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Linguistics from New York University, I moved to Chengdu, Sichuan to work in sustainable agriculture for a grassroots NGO. Seeking more technical training, I eventually returned to the US to learn and work at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. I chose the Agroecology program at NMBU for its commitment to transdisciplinary collaboration and holistic systems thinking that reflects the complexity of real-life situations. Through the thesis research I hope to continue my work with farmers in Southwest China, focusing on the effects of global trade and policy on peasant livelihoods, crop management, and local food systems.

Lucia Gruber (Germany)

Lucia Gruber

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Hi, my name is Lucia. I’m from the south of Germany where I grew up on my parents’ conventional farm. I share my dad’s passion about natural ecosystems, and I burn especially for one: the forest. So I decided to study forestry and resource management in my bachelor’s. In the end of my degree I went to NMBU as ERASMUS student; there I found out about the Master program of Agroecology, where learning about the planet´s resources, the food system, alternative forms of agriculture, and gaining skills in action research and developing personal competencies are combined – and all my expectations were met during the first semester. My future plans are to convert our family’s farm to organic and to continue working for nature conservation.

Natalie Keene (Australia)

Natalie Keene

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Nat comes originally from a wheat and sheep farming family from NSW, Australia but has spent time living, working and studying, and growing food in Africa, Central America, China and Thailand. She has had careers in both environmental campaigning in Tasmanian old growth forests and in community development in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia’s central desert. Now she comes to Agroecology with a desire to both work towards evidence-based practices in climate change adaptations and mitigations for small-scale farmers in developing contexts, and through this facilitate them to address food, water and seed insecurities. She would be most comfortable doing this back in South East Asia.

Tracy Pihl (USA)

Tracy Pihl

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I am an American from Colorado. I have spent time travelling and living a number of other places as well including Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, Hawai'i and now Norway. I have my undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder. I spent some time working in health and education before finding my way into agriculture, where I belong. Agriculture is all at once one of the oldest traditions and the fastest evolving sectors. I mostly am interested in applied ecology topics and ecological interactions within systems. I hope to carry principles and practices of sustainability I learn in this program into all of my future endeavors. 

Erica Reisman (USA)

Erica Reismann

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Hi, I'm Erica and I'm from Massachusetts in the U.S. I got my bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics from Brown University, and after graduation I began work in the field of economics and finance. However, I found my career path unfulfilling, and so I quit my job in 2015 and began to travel, which included a three month internship at a farm and agroturismo in Italy. I had always been interested in everything farm and food-related, and my experience in Italy reaffirmed that this was indeed the field I wanted to be in. I found this program on MastersPortal.eu while searching for agriculture-related degrees in Europe and was drawn to its practical approach to enacting change in the food system. I am particularly interested in the social structures around farming and food, and, true to my nature, the operational and logistics side of the systems, as well.

Mélanie Surchat (Switzerland)

Melanie Surchat

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My bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences in Lausanne gave me knowledge to understand the global situation concerning climate change issues. However, this course was deeply theoretical and oriented towards criticising our current system without giving any alternatives. In this rather negative context, I saw in agroecology a means of decreasing our carbon impact on the planet whilst improving the soil and our soul! Reconnecting consumers to food production via urban farming and reconnecting them to their community by facilitating the exchanges between producers and consumers is important to me. Therefore, I am interested in implementing a farmer market in my home town, to facilitate the sales for the farmers and simultaneously use the centre for educational purposes related to food, agriculture and health. 

Gregoire Turpin (France)

Gregoire Turpin

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Bonjour! I’m Grégoire. I come from Orange, a small town in the South of France. Before being in the Agroecology squad, I studied agronomy, food sciences and food systems in an engineering school in Lyon. I had some experience about organic farming through 2 farm internship during my studies. I chose to study agroecology to have an approach to agriculture and studies that are closer to my convictions that integrate other perspective than the agronomic and economic ones, and explore other teaching methods thanks to the 2 semester abroad this Master offered. I’m interested in education, politics and democracy, and I’ve a strong affinity for urban agriculture and local food systems, one of my main motivation being to re-empower both consumer and farmer in food chains.

Published 10. May 2017 - 11:02 - Updated 18. May 2017 - 8:42