Isabelle Russenberger



  • Growing up in Central Oregon, I've always felt a strong kinship with the surrounding natural landscapes, encouraging my pursuit of an environmentally-focused education path. I was initially driven to study outdoor recreation and tourism, developing projects on mountain biking, statewide recreation initiatives, and birdwatching. I later shifted my focus towards wild ingredients, bridging my previous work with outdoor recreation and personal experiences foraging and cooking.

    Course Summary

    ENVS 400 -the final course of the Environmental Studies program- is centered around the evolution of our concentrations and culminations of skills acquired throughout our Lewis and Clark experiences into independently-executed capstone and alternative outcomes. After numerous iterations of workshopping, changing methods, and receiving peer feedback, I produced a written capstone titled "Wild Foods: an investigation into foraged ingredient utility" and a 34-page foraging and cooking booklet. These two outcomes explore the academic and personal aspects of this topic, combining and expanding upon the versatility provided by wild ingredients to discuss safety, flavor preferences, and individual and widespread perceptions of natural landscapes.

    Senior Capstone

    Our main work in ENVS 400 involves a senior capstone: an original, interdisciplinary environmental research project, resulting in a thesis or other outcome. The page linked above provides more information on my senior capstone.

  • Course Posts

    Finger Limes, Pine Cambium, and Dandelion Greens

    April 1, 2020

    My capstone truly began during my time in Australia on an overseas program. The assorted new fruits and foods from the multitude of plants endemic to the continent opened up new opportunities to taste my way through my travels. The experiences of varied levels of acidity and sweetness in different […]

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    Fueling a Capstone

    April 1, 2020

    Despite my evolving interests and inspirations, everything ranging from supplemental assignments to intensive research projects has unwittingly contributed to a final project: a capstone on wild foods utilization. Taking place throughout a series of evolving contexts, my capstone is an account of my experiences working with a wide range of […]

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    Future Snacktimes

    April 1, 2020

    I find that it is worth mentioning how frustrating and exhausting this process has been. Throughout the many phases of this project —choosing a topic at what felt like the eleventh hour, scrambling to execute my methods, and transitioning to an online-based education format— I have pushed myself to maintain […]

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    From Recipe Creation to Analysis

    April 1, 2020

    Following the completion of my final environmental theory framework – titled with my overarching question “is there a place for wild foods today?” – I began the term with a very loose understanding of where I wanted to take a capstone. The inspiration and background for this project have remained […]

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