Dr. Stewart received her PhD in geography from the University of Calgary in 2008. She began her polar research work 12 years ago in the Antarctic where she worked at Scott Base, the New Zealand research base in the Ross Dependency. Later, she switched her research focus to the Arctic.
Dr. Stewart’s work focuses on examining resident attitudes toward tourism development in the communities of Churchill, Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet. She is also examining the vulnerability of polar bear viewing tourism in Churchill to climate change and, in a separate project, is looking at the implications of climate change on sea ice conditions for cruise tourism.