Ruth Aronoff specializes in understanding the formation and preservation of continental lithosphere. Her recent research has focused on the evolution of North America during the Proterozoic using rocks of the southwest United States.
Ruth enjoys using diverse research tools to better understand tectonic processes. She is particularly fascinated by the interaction between deformation and metamorphism from the microscopic scale to the continent scale, and the evolution of pressure and temperature in the solid earth over both time and space. Ruth and her students interpret the tectonic history of a region using field methods, numerical models, and lab methods that span structural geology, petrology, geochemistry, and geophysics.
Ruth collaborates with scientists at a range of institutions, including Purdue University, Washington State University, Bucknell University, and the US Geological Survey.