This is perspective


It is my long held understanding that if someone steals from the treasury or takes our natural resources without due process and permits, they are stealing not from inanimate soil, water and buildings that make a territory, but from the living, breathing, bleeding people of our country.
Politicians and poachers alike should be subject to an infinite string of legal action by any and every citizen that has contributed to the treasury or has rights to the resource.

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


Edward Rose Postdoc at the Cornell Lab

Deadline coming up. do it now.

They are about to hire a person who can better support international students or domestic students interested in working abroad.

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

Welcome to the MU Career Community

About to ask how many staff members do you have dedicate to international or domestic students interested in working outside the USA?

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

Discrimination and harassment duty to report at Miami University

Reports of discrimination go to the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity.
International Students fall under the national origin protected class. You have a duty to report if a non Miami University person tells you about a Miami University person having committed harassment or discrimination. But your duty is only while in the roles of your position at Miami University. You also have to report if the university policy makes a university person feel discriminated against.

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

I am a good horrible person

I have heard people tell me that they would never even think of the ba things they hear of other people doing. They often say that [those people] must be evil for thinking of that.

You know what? I disagree. To be able to think of those horrible things, you need imagination, perhaps you need exposure to some degree of the macabre, some suffering of your own or those near you.

I know, because I have seen some stuff. Guess what, it has burrowed inside me and lives there. And when someone offends me, when someone hurts those I care about, the thoughts sin my mind can get pretty dark. Horribly dark. But I then, push those thoughts away…even if I could get away with it. Because.

I am a good person. A horrible good person.


If you know me, you know I am vocal about things I believe are wrong. Especially if they affect me and those I care about. Unfortunately, (for me) I seem to care about more and more people as I learn how connected we all are in the world. I also recognize how important my/our voices have become.

Check your feeds and followings. check your list serves and the professional communications from your organizations, your industries, your leaders. The world is a big place and we cannot respond to everything, but when something happens in your community, to your community, who speaks? What do they say?

More importantly, who is silent? Over the break or during the semester when women, men, members of the LGBTQ community, people of any religion, people from any country or culture are targeted by hate, is there a response?

Are they waiting for a response from someone higher up that they can model their behaviour after? Do undergraduates wait to see how upperclassmen respond? are the grad students waiting for the tenured faculty? Is your department chair waiting for the president of the University? Is the university president waiting for the Governor? Is the Governor waiting for the President of the country?

And you? who are you waiting on?

Tell someone, tell everyone.

I denounce racial supremacists. I denounce international hate. I denounce gender, race and ethnicity based violence and bigotry.

Now, at least I know you will not be waiting on me.


-This is in partial response to the Charlotteville, VA white supremacy gathering (August 11 2017) and violence that followed (August 12, 2017).


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Luck, dreams and marriage

If you get really, really lucky, you will meet the person of your dreams. Being made of dreams, they will give you a new one.
The dream of being with them forever.
For many of us that look like marriage.
But like all dreams, when you catch them and try to hold on, they change. They become firm, real, hard in places and soft in others.
No one is perfect and no marriage is easy all the time.
Alma, I love being married to you and learning, growing no changing through life’s challenges together. Te amo.

Everyone else that reads this, I wish you the strength to hold on to the dreams you catch. Leno

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


It seems like Anu Garg at “A Word a Day” reads my mind and then finds the words of dead people to echo the sentiment. 

“a long time we have gone along with some well-tested principles of conduct: that it was better to tell the truth than falsehoods; that a half-truth was no truth at all; that duties were older than and as fundamental as rights; that, as Justice Holmes put it, the mode by which the inevitable came to pass was effort; that to perpetuate a harm was always wrong, no matter how many joined in it, but to perpetuate it on a weaker person was particularly detestable … Our institutions are founded on the assumption that most people will follow these principles most of the time because they want to, and the institutions work pretty well when this assumption is true.” -Dean Acheson, statesman and lawyer (1893-1971) 

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