Cody Eskew recently re-joined the Coastal Management Program (CMP) team by way of the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute (PRI). Through PRI, Cody’s new role will be Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist - Coastal Studies, detailed at the CMP to provide project management support for CMP objectives on coastal hazards, community resilience, coastal habitats, sustainable economic development, and coastal recreation.
Prior to his new role with PRI, Cody was a National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Coastal Management Fellow with the Illinois CMP. His major accomplishments as a fellow include supporting the Sand Management Working Group’s beneficial use of dredge material efforts, demystifying the shoreline permitting process by creating an Illinois Shoreline Permitting Guide, linking FEMA pre-disaster mitigation resources to stakeholders, and project management support for the Waukegan Harbor beneficial use pilot project and the Illinois Beach State Park rubble ridge pilot project.
Now that he’s back with the CMP team, Cody is eager to continue some of his work as a fellow including examining Illinois’ potential for beneficial use of dredge material projects and working with CMP partners to continue to support innovative coastal management solutions for our Lake Michigan’s coast. Cody is a Midwest native and often visited the shores of Lake Erie near his hometown of Cleveland. He received his MS in Coastal System Management from the University of Glasgow and BS in Marine Science/Biology from the University of Tampa.