Acy's been able to live in Moss Landing for the entirety of his degree, first on-site in student housing and later in a guest room nearby. One of his favorite memories is one many MLML students have been lucky to experience in their own way:
Finally, we had to ask him the all important question: What do you love about being an MLML graduate student? He had a lot of great things to say!
Moving on from MLML to his extracurricular activities, we asked Acy about his favorite things to do in the area and his ideal weekend:
Acy Wood is a graduate student in the Phycology lab at MLML, studying under the advisement of Dr. Mike Graham.
We asked Acy to first briefly describe his research for us:
Later, when asked about an influential event or person that helped direct his career to marine biology, Acy responded:
"I was born in Wisconsin, but was raised in a small suburb near Seattle. The ocean was never far away growing up and I was fortunate enough to live in a place with plenty of museums. Woodland Park Zoo, The Pacific Science Center, the Museum of Flight, and more were all staples of my childhood. One institution really stood out though and that would be the Seattle Aquarium. Located in the heart of Seattle, I convinced my family to go whenever I could. Seattle Aquarium is known for the interactive tidepools that volunteers roam about interpreting natural science with guests from all over the world. Although the industry standard now, the Seattle Aquarium was pioneering in making tidepools that mimicked the natural environment and I was hooked. If you ask anyone close to me from my childhood, I always was spouting off science facts and saying that I wanted to be a marine biologist."
When not working on his research, exploring the Redwoods, and/or sipping one of his many varieties of tea, Acy is also very active in the community. He's had multiple job and internship experiences which we asked him to tell us a little more about.