Dawn Baback
Geological Sciences


  • PhD Geological Sciences University of Colorado 1977

  • MS  Geological Sciences University of Colorado 1972

  • BS Earth and Space Science State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Kaback has more than 40 years of experience in research, technology development, and restoration/prediction of environmental problems in mining impacted watersheds and at government/industrial sites. Focus has been on restoration of contaminated groundwater, surface water, and soils. As director of the Colorado Center for Environmental Management, she pioneered the use of stakeholder involvement to restore mining impacted watersheds. Her early career involved research related to reclamation of uranium mining sites in South Texas and clastic diagenesis research related to oil and gas exploration and production.

She has served on more than 40 expert panels, advisory boards, and peer reviews. She has numerous publications, presented many papers at national conferences, taught workshops at conferences and universities, edited journal articles for a variety of publications, and has 3 patents for innovative groundwater remediation technologies. Dr. Kaback provided technical support to obtain stakeholder acceptance for innovative technology projects for the U.S. Department of Energy for 24 years and was Director of the Ground Water Remediation Technologies Analysis Center (GWRTAC). As a retiree, she is currently volunteering as an emeritus advisory board member for the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Colorado and at Rocky Mountain National Park.