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Dawn Ruth

Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: SSMB 212
Phone: 843.953.7852


State University of New York at Buffalo
PhD, Geology 2014               

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
MS, Geochemistry 2006

Oberlin College
AB, Geology with Honors, Chemistry minor 2002

Research Interests

I use geochemical and diffusion datasets to investigate mafic volcanism in subduction zones. I am interested in open vent processes, explosive mafic eruptions, plumbing system dynamics, and the interplay between tectonics and eruptive style.


2016      Ruth, D.C.S., Cottrell, E., Cortés, J.A., Kelley, K., Calder, E.S. From passive degassing to violent Strombolian eruptions: Deciphering the triggering processes of the 2008 eruption of Llaima Volcano Chile. Journal of Petrology, 57(9), 1833-1864, doi: 10.1093/petrology/egw063.

2015      Cortés, J., Smith, E., Valentine, G., Johnsen, R., Rasoazanamparany, C., Widom, E., Sas, M., Ruth, D. Intrinsic conditions of magmas from the Lunar Crater Volcanic Field (Nevada): Implications for internal plumbing and magma ascent.  American Mineralogist, 100, 396-413.

2014      Ruth, D.C.S. and Calder, E.S. Plate tephra: Preserved bubble walls from large slug bursts during violent Strombolian eruptions. Geology.  doi:10.1130/G34859.1.

2008      Sweeney, D. and Simonson, B.M. Textural constraints on the formation of impact spherules: A case study from the Dales Gorge BIF, Paleoproterozoic Hamersley Group of Western Australia. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 43 (12), 2073-2087.

Sweeney, D.C., Oppenheimer, C., and Kyle, P.R. Sulfur dioxide emissions and degassing behavior of Erebus volcano, Antarctica. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 177, 725-733.

2005      Oppenheimer, C, Kyle, P.R., Tsanev, V.I., McGonigle, A.J.S., Mather, T.A. and Sweeney, D. Mt. Erebus, the largest point source of NO2 in Antarctica. Atmospheric Environment, 39 (32), 6000-6006.