Shari Fox Gearheard

Research Scientist III

Degrees: 

PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004

Specialties: 

Arctic environment and change; Inuit knowledge; sea ice; knowledge co-production; environmental geography

Projects: 

Recent Highlights

  • August 2013: Book release, The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities
  • May 2013: Worked with Inuit Elder and frequent research collaborator Ilkoo Angutikjuak to film a feature story for the upcoming IMAX 3D film "Wonders of the Arctic"
  • May 2013: Collaborated with visiting scientists and Inuit experts to complete fieldwork for the Silalirijiit project
  • February 2012: Traveled to Nepal with a group of Inuit from Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada. In a high-latitude, high-altitude exchange project, the team visited and shared knowledge with Tsumbas, the Indigenous residents of the Tsum Valley, a remote Himalayan region experiencing rapid environmental change, much like parts of the Arctic.
  • May 2011: Was awarded the 2011 Dr. Grant Ingram Distinguished Lectureship at the University of British Columbia. She shared the lectureship with Inuit experts and frequent research collaborators Esa Qillaq and Raygee Palituq.
  • August 2010: Contributed to Ice is nice!: All about the North and South Poles, part of the Dr. Seuss books "Cat in the Hat's Learning Library" series.
  • June 2010: Science profiled Gearheard's climate research and collaborations with Inuit hunters in an article called Trusting the Public.
  • December 2009: Gave an invited presentation "Using Traditional Knowledge in Climate Change Decision Making" at an official side event of the Inuit Circumpolar Council at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15).
  • June 2009: The BBC filmed Gearheard and Inuit hunters working on the Igliniit Project for a documentary series Frozen Planet, released in 2011.
  • August 2008: Gearheard and Lene Kielsen Holm (of the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Greenland) were invited to give the keynote address at the 6th International Congress of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, in Nuuk, Greenland.
  • April 2008: "Silavut: Inuit Voices in a Changing World" opened, featuring Shari Gearheard's research in Inuit communities. The exhibit ran from April 15, 2008, through May 1, 2009, at the University of Colorado Museum in Boulder. Silavut is now available as a traveling exhibit. For more information, see the University of Colorado Museum Web site.
  • February 2008: Natural History magazine, featured an article about Shari Gearheard's work in Nunavut, "A Change in the Weather" (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • March 2007: Kalaallit Nunaat Radioa TV filmed Gearheard and collaborators in Greenland for "Inuit Isaannit Silaannaq," a documentary about the Siku-Inuit-Hila Project (Greenlandic).
  • February 2006: Finished appointment to the National Academy of Sciences Study Committee on "Designing an Arctic Observing Network"
  • December 2005: Completed postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University with a fellowship from the NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change
  • 2005: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) was released. Gearheard was co-lead author of Chapter 3, "The Changing Arctic: Indigenous Perspectives"

Upcoming expeditions

January 2014: Fieldwork in Iqaluit, Nunavut, for a new collaborative research project with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, "Water, Energy, and Food Security in the North: Synergies, tradeoffs, and building community capacity for sustainable futures (Sustainable Futures North)"

May 2014: Nunavut Quest Dog Sled Race, Igloolik to Pond Inlet, Nunavut

Current Research

  • Ongoing collaborative work with Inuit hunters and Elders to document Inuit knowledge of climate and environmental change and facilitate local efforts and leadership in research, response, action, and education
  • Investigating connections between high-latitude communities in the Arctic and high-altitude communities in Nepal that have in common livelihoods closely tied to snow and ice environments that are changing
  • Characterizing local-scale sea ice and assessing local sea ice changes by linking Inuit knowledge, community-based monitoring, and scientific measurements
  • Assessing changing weather and wind patterns at the east coast of Baffin Island by linking Inuit knowledge, methods in meteorology and environmental modeling
  • Developing innovative data collection, management, and presentation tools to help document, preserve, and communicate Inuit knowledge
  • Working with Inuit women to understand women's roles in local subsistence systems and sharing networks, as well as women's knowledge of the environment, and how these have been affected by environmental and social change
  • Ongoing research on knowledge-coproduction; linking Inuit knowledge and science

Activities

Co-Lead Author, Arctic Human Development Report II, "Community Viability and Adaptation"

Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Member, International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)

Member, Cultural Survival

Co-Chair of the Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre of Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada

Dog sledding

Inuktitut language

Publications

2013

Gearheard, S., L. Kielsen Holm, H. P. Huntington, J. M. Leavitt, A. Mahoney, M. Opie, T. Oshima, and J. Sanguya (editors). 2013. The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities. Hanover: International Polar Institute. 412 pp.

2012

Pulsifer, P., S. Gearheard, H. Huntington, M. A. Parsons, C. McNeave, H. McCann. 2012. The role of data management in engaging communities in Arctic research: Overview of the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA). Polar Geography, doi:10.1080/1088937X.2012.708364.

Elder, K., S. Gearheard, H. Huntington, G. Liston, et al. 2012. Meteorological tower design for severe weather and remote locations, Proceedings, 2012 International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK, Vol. 2, 968-975.

2011

Gearheard, S., C. Aporta,G. Aipellee, and K. O'Keefe. 2011. The Igliniit project: Inuit hunters document life on the trail to map and monitor arctic change. The Canadian Geographer 55(1): 42-55, doi:10.1111/j.1541-0064.2010.00344.x.

Huntington, H. P., S. Gearheard, A. R. Mahoney, and A. K. Salomon. 2011. Integrating Traditional and Scientific Knowledge through Collaborative Natural Science Field Research: Identifying Elements for Success. Arctic 64(4): 437-445.

2010

Dowsley, M., S. Gearheard, and N. Johnson. 2010. Should we turn the tent? Inuit women and climate change. Études/Inuit/Studies 34(1): 151-165.

Gearheard, S., G. Aipellee, and K. O'Keefe. 2010. The Igliniit Project: Combining Inuit knowledge and geomatics engineering to develop a new observation tool for hunters. In SIKU: Knowing Our Ice: Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. Eds. I. Krupnik, C. Aporta, S. Gearheard, G. Laidler, and L. Kielsen Holm, 181-203. London: Springer.

Gearheard, S., M. Pocernich, R. Stewart, J. Sanguya, H. P. Huntington. 2010. Linking Inuit knowledge and meteorological station observations to understand changing wind patterns at Clyde River, Nunavu. Climatic Change 100(2): 267-294, doi:10.1007/s10584-009-9587-1.

Gearheard, S., and J. Sanguya. 2010. Preface. In SIKU: Knowing Our Ice: Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. Eds. I. Krupnik, C. Aporta, S. Gearheard, G. Laidler, and L. Kielsen Holm, ix-x. London: Springer.

Huntington, H. P., S. Gearheard, and L. Kielsen Holm. 2010. The power of multiple perspectives: Behind the scenes of the Siku-Inuit-Hila project. In SIKU: Knowing Our Ice: Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. Eds. I. Krupnik, C. Aporta, S. Gearheard, G. Laidler, and L. Kielsen Holm, 263-281. London: Springer.

Krupnik I., C. Aporta, S. Gearheard, G. Laidler, and L. Kielsen Holm, eds. 2010. SIKU: Knowing Our Ice: Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. London: Springer.

Weatherhead, E., S. Gearheard, and R. G. Barry. 2010. Changes in weather persistence: Insight from Inuit knowledge. Global Environmental Change 3: 523-528, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.02.002.

2009

Huntington, H. P., S. Gearheard, M. Druckenmiller, and A. Mahoney. 2009. Community-based observation programs and Indigenous and local sea ice knowledge. In Field techniques in sea-ice research: A sea-ice system services approach. Eds. H. Eicken, R. Gradinger, M. Salganek, K. Shirasawa, D. Perovich, and M. Leppäranta, 345-364. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Mahoney, A., S. Gearheard, T. Oshima, and T. Qillaq. 2009. Sea ice thickness measurements from a community-based observing network. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 90(3): 370-377.

2008

Mahoney, A., and S. Gearheard. 2008. Handbook for community-based sea ice monitoring. NSIDC Special Report 14. Boulder, Colorado: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Stroeve, J., M. Serreze, S. Drobot, S. Gearheard, M. Holland, J. Maslanik, W. Meier, T. Scambos. 2008. Arctic sea ice extent plummets in 2007. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 89: 13–14, doi:10.1029/2008EO020001 .

2007

Barry, R. G., R. Armstrong, T. Callaghan, J. Cherry, S. Gearheard, A. Nolin, D. Russell, and C. Zaeckler. 2007. Chapter 4: Snow. In Global outlook for ice and snow, ed. United Nations Environment Programme, 39-62. Hertfordshire, England: Earthprint.

Gearheard, S. and J. Shirley. 2007. Challenges in community-research relationships: Learning from natural science in Nunavut. Arctic 60(1): 62-74.

2006

Gearheard, S., W. Matumeak, I. Angutikjuaq, J. Maslanik, H. P. Huntington, J. Leavitt, D. Matumeak Kagak, G. Tigullaraq, and R. G. Barry. 2006. "It's not that simple": A collaborative comparison of sea ice environments, their uses, observed changes, and adaptations in Barrow, Alaska, USA, and Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada. Ambio 35(4): 203-211.

Meier, W. N., J. Stroeve, and S. Gearheard. 2006. Bridging perspectives from remote sensing and Inuit communities on changing sea ice cover in the Baffin Bay region. Annals of Glaciology 44(1): 433-438, doi:10.3189/172756406781811790.

2005

Gearheard, S. 2005. Using interactive multimedia to document and communicate Inuit knowledge. Études/Inuit/Studies 29(1-2): 91-114.

Huntington, H. P., and S. Fox. 2005. The changing Arctic: Indigenous perspectives. In Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), eds. C. Symon, L. Arris, and B. Heal, 61-98. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2004

Huntington, H. P., T. V. Callaghan, S. Fox Gearheard, and I. Krupnik. 2004. Matching traditional and scientific observations to detect environmental change: A discussion on Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. Ambio 33(7): 18-23.

2003

Fox, S. 2003. When the weather is uggianaqtuq: Inuit observations of environmental change. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Geography Department Cartography Lab. Distributed by National Snow and Ice Data Center. CD-ROM.

Jolly, D., S. Fox, and N. Thorpe. 2003. Inuit and Inuvialuit knowledge of climate change in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In Native Voices in Research: Northern and Native Studies, eds. J. Oakes and R. Riewe, 280-290. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Native Studies Press, University of Manitoba.

2002

Fox, S. 2002. "These are things that are really happening”: Inuit perspectives on the evidence and impacts of climate change in Nunavut. In The Earth is Faster Now: Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change, eds. I. Krupnik and D. Jolly, 12-53. Fairbanks, Alaska: Arctic Research Consortium of the United States.

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Related Resources

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic

Igliniit Project

Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre, Clyde River, Nunavut

Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) Weather Station Network

Silalirijiit Project

When the Weather is Uggianaqtuq: Inuit Observations of Environmental Change

E-mail: 
shari.gearheard@nsidc.org
Phone: 
867-924-6555