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Born in Chicago, George Robinson joined the University at Albany department of biological sciences in 1993 as an assistant professor. In 2000, he was made associate professor and is also an associate scientist at the New York State Museum.
Robinson is also a certified senior ecologist for the Ecological Society of America and part of the scientific working group for the NYS Biodiversity Research Institute. He serves on the board of directors of the NYS Invasive Plant Council and Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve.
Robinson has received research funding from NSF, EPA, USGS, and NYS DEC. At UAlbany, he teaches courses on biodiversity conservation, restoration ecology, plant ecology, biogeography, and introduction to biology.
He received his bachelor's in biology from Portland State University (1983) and his master's (1985) and doctorate (1989) degrees from the University of California, Davis.