The PEARL Team
Professor of Public Understanding & PEARL Principle Investigator
Carenza Lewis started at the University of Lincoln as Professor for the Public Understanding of Research in the College of Arts in 2015. Carenza has a wealth of experience in devising and directing programmes that get staff, students and the public involved in the research process to the mutual benefit of individuals, communities, society, heritage and academia, inluding setting up Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) which involved wider publics in active participation of research-orientated archaeology and heritage projects. Carenza has involved more than 10,000 people in making new discoveries which both advance research and deliver benefits in communities.
Research areas: archaeology, history & heritage, public engagement. Specific topics of interest include medieval rural settlement, demography and landscape; public and community archaeology; heritage; medieval history; and childhood in the past.
Professor of Psychology & PEARL Co-Investigator
Tim is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, having previously held positions as Head of School of Psychology and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Research Director at Lincoln. Tim’s previous research includes investigations into fronto-striatal brain circuits in oculomotor control, the cognitive and neural systems of human eye movements and visual attention and and work as a Perceptual Psychologist at Gatwick 1990-1992. Tim has a huge drive to make research at Lincoln more accessible by the public, through training and inspiring student and academic colleagues and improving volume and visibility of the university’s engagement activities.
Research areas: Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience of Eye Movements.
PEARL Research Assistant
Sarah has re-joined the university as PEARL Research Assistant. She originally studied at the university for BSc Conservation Biology 2011-2014, before continuing on to study for a Masters by research. During her Masters degree Sarah investigated sexual selection in black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), specifically looking at the size and colour dynamics of sexual signals, in relation to the species’ behavioural ecology.
After completing her studies Sarah worked in the Lincoln International Business School, providing student and academic support before working in the private sector. From these positions Sarah gained extensive understanding of working with academics, students and different groups of the public alike, giving her insights into the needs of all three groups. Sarah is passionate about research and aspires to widen the opportunities available for all to share in the process of making and applying new discoveries.