Come early for refreshments! Our speaker Geographer Robin Doughty is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas in Austin where he has taught for more than 30 years. Robin is fascinated with how mankind has changed the face of the earth, and how people continue to transform the habitats of the plants and animals that add character to the places we know and love. He has published ten books that address our relationship with the environment. His most recent co-authored one, titled The Albatross and the Fish, discusses how industrial fishers are threatening ocean-dwelling albatrosses. Drawing from this work, Robin will show how we have shifted from exploiting albatrosses to helping them rebuild their numbers. However, problems posed by fishers are threatening to undo programs aimed at managing this recovery. Robin will speak about these problems and discuss renewed efforts being made to prevent several species from going extinct.