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).

Specialties

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

Education

Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 2004
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Contact

867-223-2006
Honors/Awards
2022 TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment, University of Waterloo
2022
Shortlisted for the Shackleton Medal
2022
Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation
2019
Appointed to the Canadian delegation to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial, Berlin, Germany
2018
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
2018
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
2014
Selected as Lecturer of the year, Annual William Fagg Lecture, British Museum, London, England
2014
Selected together with co-researcher Esa Qillaq for the Dr. Grant Ingram Distinguished Lectureship at the University of British Columbia
2011