Ruth Salas, born and raised in Costa Rica, obtained a M.Sc. in Biology from Universidad de Costa Rica. Her thesis project versed on the ecology of the kissing bug Triatoma dimidiata (Reduviidae: Triatominae) in wild and domestic environments. She studied the seasonal variation of its abundance, its feeding sources, and its relationship with Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan responsible for Chagas disease. Prior to her graduate research, Ruth worked as a field instructor for the EAP of the University of California, and as an assistant for several scientific projects. She also gathered significant experience in collecitno management at the herbaria of hte Museo Nacional de Costa Rica and of Universidad de Costa Rica.
Ruth's affinity to taxonomy, her previous exposure to collecitons, and her passion for studying relationships between insects in proximity to human habitats drew her to her present work as Scientific Assistant to the Hemiptera and Minor Orders collections under Randall T. Schuh's curatorship.
Currently, Ruth is studying the taxonomy, plant hosts and geographic distribution of South African plant bugs (Miridae: Phylini), under the supervision of Dr. Schuh.