Sarah Nelson attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Columbia University in New York, graduating from Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. After working in museums and volunteering with the Water Quality Monitoring program on the Assabet River in Massachusetts, she moved to Maine and received Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine.She worked on long-term research at paired gauged watersheds in Acadia National Park and in lakes across the Northeast, and has developed several related initiatives, including a winter field class, a mercury discussion group, and a student monitoring program. Sarah was a Canon National Parks Science Scholar, an L.L. Bean Acadia Research Fellow, a Fitz Eugene Dixon Fellow, and a Schoodic Research Fellow. She is an Assistant Research Professor at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, where she her major research focus is linking landscape factors to patterns in rain, snow, and surface water geochemistry, with a strong focus on mercury across the landscape.She has lived in Bangor for eleven years with her partner, Ken, where they are restoring a 1920s bungalow.