Cool Scientists

Dr. Shari Gearheard

Shari Gearheard
Born: 1973
Organization: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)                     
Cool Science:  Climate Researcher

Who Am I:

As a kid, I was fascinated by National Geographic specials on TV and was especially drawn in by anything about the Arctic. I always dreamed of going there. I was so lucky to have that opportunity when I went to university. And now I live in the Arctic! So that dream came true. The first time I visited an Inuit community, about ten years ago, I became interested in climate from the Inuit perspective and have been learning about their knowledge of climate and the environment ever since. The Inuit I work with continually inspire me to learn more about the Arctic and life in this amazing place.

My Cool Research:

For over a decade, I have worked with Inuit communities in Nunavut, Canada, on a variety of environmental issues and research topics-in particular, Inuit knowledge of climate and environmental change.


  The Big Melt-
  The Challenge in Clyde River
Uggianaqtuq: A Friend Acting Strangely
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My Cool Publications:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.