Science and Perspective.


June 2016

Allies and enemies

Don’t go around choosing people to hate. Enemies can decide for themselves. Instead, decide what would enrich your life and the lives of others. Choose allies that can help you toward those goals.-Leno Davis June 29th 2016


Swim for it

So… Our window overlooks the pool and since it has opened, neighborhood kids from all over come in with their adults. One of the most important skills for Leonardo Davis to learn is swimming.
When I look down and see nine kids jumping into the shallow end and holding on to the edge of the pool mostly unable to swim… It makes me nervous to say the least. When I see the adults on the other side of the pool area sunbathing, talking distractedly, etc…it makes me nervous.
We went to the pool today with Leonardo. Leo loves the water and as we tow him through the water, he tries to lick the surface of the water or sometimes dunk his face… I feel he trusts us implicitly and has no idea about the dangers of breathing in water. He loves the water.
Today we saw a little girl probably less than three walking around the pool with no water wings, but a really cute swimsuit. A few times, her adult invited her to jump into the pool. The adult would catch her and carry her around the pool.
As we played with #LeonardoDavis, Alma looked over and said something like ” that baby is going to jump in”. She did.
Behind her was a little girl about 7? Maybe 10?
Their adult was outside the pool
on the other side of the pool,
I looked and I saw the baby go in. All the faith in the world that someone would catch her. As I dove forward, I saw her go under, her little pink bathing suit and her little head. I heard the girl behind her shout to the adult, “she’s drowning!”

I have never swam that hard. I opened my eyes in the chlorinated water and saw the little body, blurry little legs flailing below a pretty pink swim suit.
I saw one arm sticking straight up as the little girl on the edge of the pool tried to rescue the smaller one. Her head was still under water.

I have never swam that hard, but it was the longest 15 feet I ever swam. I thought about all my CPR and first aid training. I thought about my cousin Charlie Heastie. I thought about Leonardo. I thought about the guy that drowned on Jaws beach during my birthday party. I thought about jumping into the blue hole on Andros to save someone I had no idea would be working with me the next year. I thought about what would happen if I did not make it in time. I thought about my CPR and first aid training.

I am writing this because I have not been that afraid in a long time, and that was not even my kid. I am writing because there is someone out there who will read this and may keep a better eye on their children. I am writing because, I do not want to see another tragedy on my Facebook timeline, but I am writing because I need to get it out.

I made it. I caught the child. I scooped her up into my arms and stood up. She was amazingly light in the water and there was no struggle. Simply, a scream for her mommy. Mommy…still on the other side of the pool.
The little girl coughs… I ask her “you want to go to your mommy?” Smiling past my heart still caught in my throat. Using about ninety percent of my energy to keep my voice steady…she was so light it took nearly no effort to walk her over to her mom, still on the other side of the pool.

Teach your kids to swim. Watch them near water. Learn to swim yourself. Learn child and adult CPR.

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Lightning bugs

I just came back from a walk with the dogs and in the pet relief area I noticed lots of June bugs zooming around and thought for a while that they were lightning bugs with their lights out or perhaps unable to compete with the streetlights. Nope.
There were no lightning bugs anywhere to be seen. They just do not use that area. They can’t compete I guess. How much wildlife do we lose, displace, starve out or kill, thoughtlessly?

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Happy Father’s Day to me.

Big shout out to this guy for making me a father.
It has already been a crazy trip. Family, friends, finances, and fun!
#LeonardoDavis has brought so many happy, interesting and sometimes unexpected changes. I cannot wait for the rest of this year and the challenges to come. Te amo Leito.

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Ice creamed

So… A long time ago I went riding with my brother Bovair, CJ and Raynor. Raynor came out the corner and said “Car coming!”.

CJ turned the corner and said “truck coming!”

Of course I was confused.

Luckily Bovair was very matter of fact.

He said “Ice cream truck!”

I came out the corner and got run over. The next thing I knew, I was holding on to the front bumper with one leg under the ice cream truck and one outside, being drug along the street with the screeching tire inches away from my jibblies.

The driver was scared bad. He fixed the brakes on my bike. Gave us all ice cream.

I was a little shaken, but I only lost a scab that was about to fall off anyway…I think from the cockroach bite…that is another post.

From then on, instead of saying truck, car, etc. everyone just said “hey Leno, go get knock down so we could get some ice cream.”

Boys are dumb.

Special prize to whoever can place an x on the spot it happened on.


Life ain’t easy.
It ain’t long either.
At the age of 26 I was getting married to Alma and still barely knew myself. I had not yet seen half the places or people I now consider vital to my growth. I was just learning to cry for something meaningful or important. I was still learning to love.

Today, I learned my little cousin passed away at 26.

I can still remember her biting me in Grumma’s house when she was a baby. I remember watching her and taking out diapers. I remember learning all her names, Eden Jade Michal Kelly,(I know I spelled something wrong) and calling her EJ.

I remember telling her I was proud of her when she graduated high school.
I remember last year, realizing I had no idea where she was or what she was doing and reaching out to say hello and ask her about her mom and sister and her life.

I remember her telling me she was happy. She had friends that were like family. She had joy in her life, doing the things she loved to do. She was closer to her mom and her sisters and I could see her smiling on her Facebook page.

I don’t remember asking if she needed anything. I don’t remember telling her I love her. I love you Eden. I will miss you.

To those of you that read to the end, reach out today and tell someone you love them. Ask if they need anything you can help with. Let them know you will remember them.


Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

The Doer’s code

Good morning everyone,

I just wanted to share with you the code I live by. it is simple but effective. I hope it helps you. I would like to hear from you if it warrants elaboration.

1: Do something.
2: Do what you enjoy.
3: Do what you are good at or get good at it.
4: Do what makes a difference.
5: Do what is right.

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I don’t want to be Conched Out

It has been 3 years since I have been on San Salvador Island, and I got to go back and spend the last ten days there. About 3 or 4 years before that, I went to San Salvador with BREEF on the Teacher Training Workshop. and before that in 200 with the Ecology class with Mr. Johnson from COB.

This past week, I saw the biggest queen conch I have ever seen. I free dived down in Rice bay, within the boundaries of the new San Salvador Island Marine Protected Area. It gave me hope.

The Bahamas is placing more land and water into protected areas than ever before. Our citizens are more educated and aware of the issues facing our environment and how to protect it. Most importantly, we are more engaged with our youth and giving them more opportunities to share and explore the natural treasures of the Bahamas. This Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) is quite possible the biggest I have ever seen.

To be honest I was winded when I swam back to shore with it to show my students, but if you cannot tell by my face, I was overjoyed to find such a beautiful healthy specimen. I kept it in the Gerace Research Center Wet Lab for a few days so other researchers could show it to their students as well. It was the only live Queen Conch I saw on the trip, but it was alive, and I have hope.

Let’s continue to support Conchservation, hopefully we can see more of these. Hopefully we won’t be Conched Out.




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