Dolores Michael Kulik

Title: Retired Research Geologist, Geophysicist
Company: United States Geological Survey
Location: Calhan, Colorado, United States

Dolores Michael Kulik, Retired Geologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology.

Growing up, Dr. Kulik always had an affinity for rocks and the Earth. Her family would go on family picnics, where her father would take her up the mountains and show her the rocks there. At that point, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in geology. A graduate of the University of Colorado, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 1968. Moreover, she received a Master of Arts in elementary education from the University of Denver in 1970.

Now retired, Dr. Kulik most recently excelled as a geologist with the United States Geological Survey until 2000. In addition to this position, she flourished as the regional representative for the Women’s Advisory Committee to the chief geologist of the United States. In a career suffused with highlights, Dr. Kulik was proud to have made the stunning observation that the Rocky Mountains were Low Angle thrust faults with a compressional definition. It was thought that the Rocky Mountains were normal faults that were exclusively vertical, but while working with gravity data she discovered that they were actually raised on the low angle thrust faults even through the crystalline cracks.

For her accomplishments in the field, Dr. Kulik has been the recipient of the Certificate of Sustained Achievement and the Special Achievement Award from the United States Geological Survey in 1996 and 1975, respectively. In an effort to remain aware of changes of the field, Dr. Kulik maintains a professional relationship with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Human Society, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Smithsonian Institute National Associate, the Geological Society and the Arbor Day Society. Enjoying her retirement, she spends her free time reading, hiking, camping and gardening, as well as studying astrogeology and Native American history.

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