A native New Yorker, Dr. Sam Zeveloff came to Weber State University’s Department of Zoology in 1984, where he serves as a professor. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming.
In addition to teaching courses on mammalogy, conservation biology, and evolution, he conducts research on mammalian ecology and conservation. He has studied raccoons, mountain goats, and pygmy rabbits. His work has been published in such leading journals as Evolution, The American Naturalist, and Nature. He is the author of two books: Mammals of the Intermountain West (University of Utah Press 1988) and Raccoons, a Natural History (Smithsonian Institution Press 2002).
Dr. Zeveloff has also explored interdisciplinary approaches to wilderness management, and served as an editor for two books on the subject. He has been the recipient of Weber State University's John S. Hinckley Award for teaching, scholarship, and service; the Nye Cortez Professor of the Year Award from the Honors Program, and its Exemplary Collaboration Award for initiating the institution's Holocaust Commemoration. In 2006, he was named Presidential Distinguished Professor.
Dr. Zeveloff is the founder of Save the Ringtails, a student-based philanthropy organization committed to conservation of members of the raccoon family. He is a Fulbright Scholar; in 2014-15, he is teaching graduate courses and doing research in wildlife conservation at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria.