Jodie travelled the world in pursuit of her passion, be it a rather unusual one. Entomology, the study of insects. She gained her PhD in London and continued her research abroad. She found herself in Chernarus to investigate a rather unusual beetle that was damaging certain types of crops.
Despite the outbreak, Jodie continued with her research, preserving specimens to one day bring back to her lab. She spent most of her time alone in remote areas, still not proficient with guns or knives to deal with the infected and other dangers. Rather socially awkward and nervous around large groups, she ventured into large towns only briefly to gather equipment and supplies to continue her work.