Amanda Hodo was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Throughout high school, she participated in various teen programs with the Shedd Aquarium, which sparked her interest in marine life. She attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA and graduated with a B.A. in Biology. During the summer following her graduation, she was an Aquarium Husbandry intern at Mote. That fall, she returned to Chicago and interned in the Fishes Department (Quarantine) at the Shedd Aquarium and was later hired by Mote for the Temporary Exhibit. She loves soccer, reading, football, scuba diving, Latin dance, and singing.
B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College