After graduating with her Ph.D. In Anthropology from CU Boulder in 1996, Dawn taught briefly at The Colorado College and CU Denver. In 1998, she took a position as a contract osteologist with the Repatriation Osteology Lab at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution where she worked until 2005. In 2005, she accepted a teaching position with Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where she is also the NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Coordinator.
Dawn’s work as an osteologist has taken her to Giza, Egypt and the Flight 93 plane crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11. She has done extensive research in bone histology on both human and chimpanzee bone. Her current research is focused on mortuary patterns and lifeways of Basketmaker cultures in the Southwest US.
“Thanks to the outstanding faculty and excellent collections and facilities at CU Boulder, my graduate degree provided me with the knowledge and experiences instrumental in successfully pursuing a career in biological anthropology.”