Shari Fox

Senior Research Scientist

About Shari

Shari Fox has over 25 years of experience working with Inuit on environmental research, from community-led research and monitoring, to large-scale international Arctic collaborations. Her research focuses on supporting Indigenous self-determination in research and co-production of knowledge. She has worked remotely from Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) Nunavut for many years and now works from both Nunavut and a base in Alberta, Canada. Fox is the co-founder of the Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre in Kangiqtugaapik, holds a research appointment at Carleton University, and she has been involved in many national and international Arctic science initiatives. These include Canada’s National Climate Assessment Indigenous Resilience Report, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), the Arctic Human Development Report, and the Arctic Observing Network. She is passionate about strengths-based and action research at the community level and supporting Indigenous-led Arctic research. She is also passionate about learning from the land and being on the land, particularly as a long-time qimuksiqti (dog musher).


Arctic environment and change; sea ice; leading multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural research teams; co-production of knowledge; community-led research and monitoring

Current Research

Arctic Rain on Snow Study (AROSS)

Research Coordination Network (RCN): Learning from Indigenous Community-Based Researchers Engaged in Science around the Arctic

Working with Inuit Elders and Youth to Identify, Document, Quantify, and Share Human-Relevant Environmental Variables (HREVs) in Clyde River, Nunavut


Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 2004


2022 TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment, University of Waterloo
Shortlisted for the Shackleton Medal
Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation
Appointed to the Canadian delegation to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial, Berlin, Germany
Inaugural International Mohn Prize, for "outstanding research related to the Arctic" for the research and resulting book, The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities
Polar Libraries Colloquy, William Mills Prize for Best Non-Fiction Polar Book for, The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities
Selected as Lecturer of the year, Annual William Fagg Lecture, British Museum, London, England
Selected together with co-researcher Esa Qillaq for the Dr. Grant Ingram Distinguished Lectureship at the University of British Columbia