Ilze K. Berzins is Executive Vice President for Animal Health, Conservation, Research and Education at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. With her expert team, she is responsible for the health of nearly 32,500 animals, for the development and implementation of numerous conservation and research programs, and the learning experiences for over 450,000 students and 2 million aquarium visitors annually.
Prior to her position at the Shedd Aquarium, she was the Vice President of Biological Operations and Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida. She was with the Aquarium for over 12 years and was responsible for husbandry, animal health, dive programs, and conservation and research programs. She has also helped established The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation.