As Chief Conservation Officer, John G. Robinson oversees conservation programs of the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Americas, Africa and Asia. After receiving a doctorate in zoology in 1977 from the University of North Carolina, and postdoctoral studies at the Smithsonian Institution, he joined in 1980 the University of Florida, where he established the Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation, a graduate program providing training to students from tropical countries. He joined the WCS in 1990. He is a Past President of the Society for Conservation Biology, served as Chair of the Board of The Christensen Fund and Foundations of Success. He chairs the Council of United for Wildlife, and is a Board member of Science for Nature and People Partnership. In 2003, he received the Royal Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, in recognition of lifetime achievement and service to conservation, and in 2016, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zoological Society of London, England. He has served as Councilor for North America and Vice President with the IUCN since 2012.