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Shalni Sanjana attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a Biology emphasis from The University of the South Pacific in 2008. She also possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change from USP. After completing her undergraduate studies she worked as a Research Assistant for the Geography Department at the University of the South Pacific working on Geoarchaeological Research Projects, under the supervision of Professor Patrick Nunn and Kasey Robb. She has also undertaken geoarchaeological field research work in Samoa and presented internationally on fortifications associated with the AD 1300 Event. Shalni joined the Research Office in 2011 as a Research Assistant and transitioned to her current role as Project Assistant in 2012. She co-authored a research article on “Human- Mediated Prehistoric Marine Extinction in the Tropical Pacific? Understanding the Presence of Hippopus hippopus (Linn.1758) in Ancient Shell Middens on the Rove Peninsula, Southwest Viti Levu Island, Fiji,” which featured in the A Ranked Journal, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal.
Shalni is responsible for updating of publication into University of the South Pacific Electronic Research Repository (USPERR) for staff and students and also assisting the staff with their queries regarding their publication and depositing of items. She is also responsible for vetting the accuracy of information in the USPERR. Shalni works closely with staff and students, providing information on rankings of journals and book publishers. Her work also involves preparing Quality of Research (QoR) analysis reports to assist the University recruitment system processes.