Santiago Saavedra is an assistant professor of economics at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. His research interests are at the intersection of development and environmental economics. In particular, he studies how economic development affects natural resources, and how this in turn affects the path out of poverty. To overcome data availability limitations, he uses spatial data and machine learning. He has studied the response of illegal mining to a change in royalty taxes, the health effects of gold mining, and deforestation trends after the end of armed conflict in Colombia. Saavedra received his B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Mathematics from Universidad de los Andes, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.