Sara Butler graduated with an honours B.Sc in Earth Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland. During this time, she developed an interest in environmental geology, which focused her research goals to biogeochemistry. This led her to the Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER) and the Weisener lab where she is currently completing a M.Sc in Environmental Science. Her current research is focused on the bioremediation of Acid Mine Drainage. Specifically, she is studying the factors inhibiting the efficiency of a novel Mussel Shell Bioreactor, in an active coal mine in the South Island of New Zealand. This research combines microbiology, geochemistry, and hydrology in order to make a predictive risk assessment, with the collaboration of an industrial partner in New Zealand.