Ruth is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean world, living and working on the unceded lands of the Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples. She is the Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University.
Her research has been generously supported by the Australian Research Council, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society.
Ruth is Vice President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, and Treasurer of the International Water History Association.
She was previously based at Monash University (2012-2020), and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia.