Dr Kneller's research on cognitive performance under challenging
circumstances demonstrates impact in two areas:
1) Informing practice in diving. Kneller's research has demonstrated the
effects of nitrogen narcosis on memory, and how anxiety may compound its
severity. This has implications for recreational, commercial and military
diving and has been recognized by diving industry sources.
2) Improving eyewitness identification within the context of crimes.
Kneller's research has informed practice in the process of eyewitness
identification for victims of crime. Her findings have impacted on
policing practice in terms of how suspect line-ups are conducted and her
expertise recognized within practitioner circles.
Research into the characteristics and remediation of mining pollution has
had sustained and significant impacts (2008 - 2013) on environmental
policy and practice at regional, national and international scales.
Impacts, all with documentary evidence, include:
Our award-winning work (Aviva/Earthwatch International Award 2006) on
measuring growth of corals in relation to climate and environmental
changes linked to capacity building has informed managers and
policy-makers in developing countries of the measures required for an
integrated system of conservation and management. In Jamaica, our research
on modelling coral growth linked to discussions with local stakeholders
and the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) showed that
implementation of co-operative management plans can allow reef ecosystems
to withstand major physical effects; these plans have been implemented. In
Belize, we worked with local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the
Fisheries Department to enable them to both measure and model coral reef
growth, and so develop methods for sustaining their reefs. Our work has
enabled reef managers in Jamaica and Belize to monitor their reefs and
they have put in place new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) so that their
reefs can be protected in times of climate and environmental change. This
has resulted in increased fishing yields in both countries.