Cody earned a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014. He participated in the GCRL Summer Field Program for four semesters studying Marine Aquaculture, Elasmobranch Biology, Barrier Island Ecology and Marine Parasitology. He also participated in a shadow program at the Cedar Point Hatchery and worked in the Fisheries Research Lab processing Lionfish (Pterois volitans) stomach contents for graduate research. He became a master’s student under the advisement of Dr. Robert Leaf in August 2014.
Cody’s thesis research project focused on the somatic and reproductive characteristics of Gulf Menhaden (Brevoortia patronus) and how those characteristics, along with environmental factors, relate to the seasonal variations in lipid content. Cody’s research interest lie in expanding the current knowledge of the Gulf Menhaden stock to better understand the holistic role of this species and to enhance management efforts and commercial use.