Vice President, External and Regulatory Affairs
Jim Robinett's multiphased career at Shedd Aquarium began in 1977. His earliest responsibilities involved care of the animal collection through leadership positions in the Fishes department, the laboratory and the Marine Mammals department. From 1997 to 2001 Robinett served as the vice president of animal collections, overseeing the care of more than 1,500 aquatic species that are the foundation of Shedd's public dislay, education and conservation research programs. From 2001 to the present Robinett has served in animal-related legislation and regulation, acting as a liaison to governmental entities as well as non-governmental organizations.
The variety of work associated with aquarium projects has been one of Robinett’s greatest sources of satisfaction. He has been involved with the design, construction and operation of several large-scale exhibits, has served as a cooperating scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, assisted with the sea otter rescue and rehabilitation efforts and has led several animal acquisition trips for the aquarium. In the process he has enjoyed worldwide travel from Alaska and the Canadian Arctic to Chile and the Falkland Islands as well as to Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands,the British Isles and locations throughout North America.
He has also served as consultant, lecturer and writer to several professional organizations, universities and to the aquarium’s educational programs.
Robinett is active in several professional associations, both national and international in their representation, and has served as an organizational officer or as a member of several committees. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University.