Prof. Sam Butler's Homepage
Hello, I work primarily on computer simulations of Earth processes. These processes include thermal convection in Earth’s mantle and Earth’s long term evolution, flows in compacting and reactive porous media and spinning liquid fluid drops as they pertain to tektite evolution. I am also interested in simulating processes using geometries from images including determining macroscopic rock properties from simulations (the field of digital rock properties) and I have carried out some studies related to applied geophysics methods. Follow the links below to find out more or contact me at

Room 146
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
114 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5E2

 Some biographical information
 Read a brief description of my research interests
 Check out my list of publications and conference presentations

My Graduate Students:
  • David Gebhardt (MSc Student, 2014-)
  • Michael Zhang (MSc Student, completed 2015)
  • Michael Bird (MSc completed 2013)
  • Simona Costin (PhD completed 2009)
  • Gunjan Sinha (PhD student, completed 2009)
  • Past Summer Students:
  • Barry Huang, MITACS Global Link student summer 2014.
  • Josh Leland, Summer student, summer 2013. <\LI>
  • Nam Vien, undergraduate researcher 2012-2013. <\LI>
  • Christine Shiels (NSERC summer undergraduate researcher, 2012)
  • John Kuttai, (USTEP summer undergraduate researcher, 2008 and 2009)
  • Chris Fowlie, (USTEP summer undergraduate researcher, 2008)
  • Michael Bird , (USTEP summer undergraduate researcher, 2005)
  • Tudor Costin, (summer undergraduate researcher, 2005)
  • Julia Milne (NSERC summer undergraduate researcher, 2003, 2004)
  • Libole Monagen (USTEP undergraduate summer student, summer 2003)
  • Kirk Waters (summer student, summer 2004)

  • I am always looking for students to take on projects involving modelling convection in Earth's mantle, geological porous medium flows and geophysical electromagnetics. Please feel free to contact me.

    Here is a link to a recent physicsworld article regarding artificial tektites. I carried out the numerical simulations that were compared with the experimental results.