Co-President Dawn Hill Adams, Ph.D., Choctaw-Chickasaw and an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation, is Tapestry’s Founder and Senior Scientist. She has been awarded five grants for science education from the National Science Foundation, is a scientific illustrator and registered Choctaw artist, and a speaker and writer. She holds a Doctorate in Vertebrate Paleontology with emphases on biomechanics and evolutionary theory from the University of California, Berkeley (1989). Her Master’s degree in Systematics and Ecology is from the University of Kansas (1977), as is her Bachelor’s degree in Geology (1974). She taught at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina from 1986 to 1989, and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas from 1989 to 1998, where she ran a successful graduate program.
Dawn has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. She was active in development of the Intercontinental American Indigenous Research Association, establishing its first website and handling meeting registrations the first few years. She delivered keynote addresses to the group in 2013 and 2014 and a platform paper in 2016. Dawn presented a keynote to the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) in 2014 as well. Other publications may be found here.