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Shari Fox Gearheard

Research Scientist II
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
Shari Gearheard is based in Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada.

Specialties [top]

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

Recent Highlights [top]

Upcoming expeditions [top]

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 [top]

Current Projects [top]

Book release, The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities (August 2013)

Water, Energy, and Food Security in the North: Synergies, tradeoffs, and building community capacity for sustainable futures (Sustainable Futures North)

Collaborative Research: Linking Inuit Knowledge and Local-Scale Environmental Modeling to Evaluate the Impacts of Changing Weather on Human Activities at Clyde River, Nunavut (Silalirijiit Project)

The Dynamics of Human-Sea Ice Relationships: Comparing Changing Environments in Alaska, Nunavut, and Greenland (also referred to as the "Siku-Inuit-Hila" project)

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA)

Inuit Women and Subsistence: Social and Environmental Change

Igliniit Project

Activities [top]

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 [top]

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[top]

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