Annie Savaria-Watson

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
College: Brown University

While studying abroad in Chile, I became fascinated with the histories and politics of Patagonian glaciers — research I’ve continued in Bolivia, Peru, and the Canadian Rockies.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, I graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a ScB in environmental science and Latin American studies. While at Brown, I worked as the coordinator for the outdoor club’s Alpine Program. When I wasn’t ice climbing, backpacking, or mountaineering, I worked as a wilderness EMT, was a TA in the Spanish department and was the advisor for study abroad programs in Latin America and Spain. While in Chile, for my own study abroad program, I interned with the World Wildlife Fund and trekked up and down Patagonia. I’m currently doing the Edward Giuliano ‘72 Fellowship for which I’m studying the legacies of colonialism and capitalism in building modern glacial land management in the Americas.

In 2019, I led Field Studies Ecuador & Galápagos. While participating in dessert circle at a beautiful Refugio and watching the sunset below Chimborazo, I was overcome with how close our group had gotten, and it primed me for an amazing rest of trip.