Cody grew up surfing, fishing, and spearfishing locally in Bradenton. As a kid he enjoyed his visits to mote and was always interested in pursuing a science career. With a passion for all things ocean, he eventually landed a seasonal job on a commercial stone crab boat in high school and into college where he heard about Mote's internship program. He landed an internship studying stone crabs and got a couple of publications out of studying the affects of red tide on stone crabs. When a job opened up in 2018, he accepted the offer and the rest is history. Over his first year he found his niche at Mote and in the program working on a lot of field work including research cruises, using drones to study HABS, and diving for various other projects.
B.S. Biology USF