Hugo Storm

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Hugo Storm, PhD

Junior Research Group Leader, PhenoRob

Niebuhrstraße 1a, 53115 Bonn, Germany
+49 228 73-60828

Scholar Citations

I am an Agricultural economist with a focus on applied econometrics and machine learning. I am interested in farm technology adoption processes and their effect on environmental and economic outcomes.

Academic Education

  • 05/09-08/14
    Doctorate degree in Agricultural Economics (Dr. agr.), University of Bonn
    • Title: Methods of analysis and empirical evidence of farm structural change
    • Summa cum laude
  • 08/14
    Completion of the Graduate School Programme of the Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School, University of Bonn
  • 03/13–04/13
    Visiting Scholar, NIBIO, Oslo, Norway
    • Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Oslo, Norway
    • Funded by a DAAD Project-related exchange stipend (PPP)
  • 08/10–10/10
    Visiting Scholar, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
    • Research stay at the School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
  • 10/04–04/09
    Agricultural Science (specialisation in Agricultural Economics and Sociology), University of Bonn
    • Degree: Dipl.-Ing. agr. (Agricultural Economist, Master equivalent)
    • Thesis: Willingness to Pay for Irrigation Water in the Drâa Valley in Morocco – An Application of the Contingent Valuation Method and the MIVAD Model
  • 03/03
    University entrance diploma (Abitur), Kant-Gymnasium, Boppard

Work Experience

  • 10/20–NOW
    Junior Research Group Leader, Cluster of Excellence "PhenoRob - Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production", University of Bonn, Germany
  • 05/19 – 09/20
    Senior Data Scientist, DPDHL Group, Bonn
  • 08/14–04/19
    Researcher (PostDoc) at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics, Eco-nomic and Agricultural Policy Group, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 05/09–08/14
    Researcher (PhD candidate) at the Institute for Food and Resource Econom-ics, Economic and Agricultural Policy Group, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2007–2009
    Student Assistant, Institute for Food and Resource Economics, Agricultural and Food Market Research Group, University of Bonn


  • 12/20–04/21
    World Bank
    • Project: Short term Consultant
    • Topic: Application of Causal Machine learning approaches for analyzing water quality impacts.
  • 08/18–09/20
    EOPTI, Neunkirchen
    • Project: Data science consulting
    • Topic: Develop a machine learning prediction approach in a health care context.
  • 12/12-12/13
    EuroCARE Bonn GmbH
    • Project Structural Changes in Agriculture, Rural Communities and Cultural Landscape. Funding agency: Institute for rural and regional research (RU-RALIS), Trondheim, Norway
    • Topic: Analysing farm households on- and off-farm income in Norway.
  • 02/11-10/12
    EuroCARE Bonn GmbH
    • Project: Modelling the effects of the CAP on farm structural change, Funding agency: JRC EU Commission – IPTS, Seville
    • Topic: Development of an empirical estimation approach to analyse the ef-fects of policy on EU farm structural change, including design and implemen-tation of a training session at the IPTS.
  • 06/11-10/11
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Bonn.
    • Project: Applied GAMS Training session to develop a Linear Optimization model for Agroforestry Systems in the Philippines
    • Topic: Personalized training and joint development of a GAMS model to analyse re-sources use efficiency in Agroforestry Systems in the Philippines.

Practical Agriculture

  • 01/15–NOW
    Owner of a fruit farm in Kamp-Bornhofen, Germany (part time)
  • 09/05–11/05
    Internships Wharetoa Dairy Farm, Clydevale, Otago, New Zealand
  • 04/04–07/04
    Internships Agricultural Teaching and Research Station, Dikopshof, Wesseling, University of Bonn, Germany

Grants, Awards

  • Scholarships
    • 10/09–09/10 PhD Grant from the Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School, University of Bonn
  • Awards
    • Publication award from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn for the publication: Direct payments, spatial competition and farm survival in Norway (with K. Mittenzwei and T. Heckelei) American Journal of Agricultural Econom-ics 97(4):1192-1205

Additional Qualifications

  • ○ Languages: German (native), English
  • ○ Software Skills: Python (Keras/Tensorflow, sklearn, pandas, numpy, matplotlib), Matlab, GAUSS, GAMS, EViews, R, Stata, mySQL/PHP/jQuery