Shivani Persaud is a communications careerist and journalist by trade. She is a proud two-time University of Central Florida alum, having received her Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree and a Journalism Bachelor of Arts degree from the university.

Her repertoire includes communications roles with NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and more. She is also a 2022 alum of the NPR Next Generation Radio Florida Newsroom Project, which focused on digital and audio journalism for the theme of climate change, and the former editor-in-chief of The Phoenix literary-art magazine, which was awarded a Silver Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2019.

A Queens, NY native, she is also a professional musician, with experience in Hindustani semi-classical music.

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‘They’re like family’: How one researcher is dedicated to preserving manatees

Florida’s manatees experienced a record number of deaths in 2021. Climate change, pollution and other human causes killed more than 1,000 of these gentle giants. Central Florida environmentalist Cora Berchem is on the frontlines of preserving these iconic creatures, keeping close tabs on their numbers and helping to protect them from further habitat loss, displacement and life-threatening weather patterns.