As Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Zeh identifies strategic issues affecting graduate education at the University, and has oversight of graduate student progress and the rules and regulations governing graduate education at Nevada. Prior to his current position, Zeh was chair of the University's Department of Biology, one of the University's largest departments with more than 1,300 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in biology and neuroscience. An accomplished researcher, professor and graduate-student advisor, Zeh is also past chair of the University's Faculty Senate. Zeh is a graduate of Long Island University, and received his doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona in 1986. He was a postdoctoral fellow from 1987 to 1991 at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Balboa in Panama and was a NATO postdoctoral fellow in 1992 in the Department of Genetics at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He was a biology faculty member at the University of Houston prior to joining the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998. Zeh's research centers on evolutionary biology and molecular genetics.