Robin W Doughty
Robin Doughty joined the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin in 1971. He has a longstanding interest in wild animals, notably birds. He has published ten books and scores of articles on a range of environmentally-related topics, including the nineteenth century feather trade; the recovery of the endangered whooping crane that state nests only in North America; the mockingbird as the State bird, and the armadillo, a relatively newcomer for the US South. The theme of environmental change and human attitudes and behavior in in regard to landscape and their biotic communities continues to be a major interest, as does renditions of regions, especially in poetry and literature.
Doughty has written about man-induced changes in landscapes from the US to Australia, and has recently turned his attention to the oceans. In 2011, Robin authored his tenth book. Published by the University of Texas Press and with a Forward by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, "The Albatross and the Fish," examines international efforts to save these very special seabirds threatened by predatory animals in their nest colonies and by industrial fishers while feeding at sea. He also writes and published poetry about the landscape and its wildlife. Robin Doughty is teaching seminars on wild animal-related topics in both the Sage and Quest programs for Senior Citizens at the University of Texas in Austin. In fall 2015, he co-sponsored and lectured about current research trends in the discipline of Geography for the Quest program.
Doughty founded and directed for twenty years an annual summer school to Jesus College, Oxford, England, where he introduced American undergraduates to the British landscape. The University of Texas at Austin facilitated this summer program, which has provided a wealth of teaching and administrative experience and touched the lives of more than 400 students. He has also drawn upon his fluency in Italian to teach the Semester Program in Tuscany, where he lectured on the Geography of Italy and Religion in the Landscape.