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Jeffrey Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Office: Life Sciences 439

(208) 282-2650


1989, Ph.D. Botany, University of California, Riverside, CA
1984, M.S. Botany, University of California, Davis, CA
1982, B.S. Biology, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY

1990-1991, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Biographical Sketch

Jeff Hill received his PhD in Botany from the University of California, Riverside in 1989. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Georgia, he joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University in 1991. His research initially focused on understanding patterns and processes of floral evolution, particularly through comparative studies of development at the phenotypic level. Along with several faculty collaborators, he and his students have more recently focused on the functional and developmental biology of alternation of generations in the non-seed plants, relying mainly on the model fern Ceratopteris. Current work with Ceratopteris is intended to advance our understanding of free-living fern gametophyte carbon metabolism. This work poses a number of interesting problems since plants are capable of simultaneous carbon uptake from their environment and carbon fixation by photosynthesis, and whole plant carbon dynamics have feedback effects on light sensitivity and labile sex expression. This work will provide a better understanding of the functional ecophysiology of the gametophyte generation of this model fern, and by extension, the biology of many fern allies with similar life cycle characteristics. Better understanding of land plant gametophyte biology during a period of global change seems especially prudent.

Jeff is also interested in the development and implementation of effective practices in university life science education. For the last several years, he has participated as a co-principle investigator in a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship program intended to foster improved science communication skills in graduate fellows through instructional partnerships with regional K-12 schools in southeast Idaho.


BIOL 405 Plant Form & Function
BIOL 406 Plant Diversity & Evolution
BIOL 417 Organic Evolution
BIOL 491/492 Senior Seminar

Selected Publications

2011. Hill, J.P., M.J. Germino and D.A. Alongi. Carbon-use efficiency in green sinks is increased when a blend of apoplastic fructose and glucose is available for uptake. Journal of Experimental Botany

2009. Alongi, D.A., J.P. Hill and M.J. Germino. Opportunistic heterotrophy in gametophytes of the homosporous fern Ceratopteris richardii. Botany 87: 799-806

2006. Johnson, D.A., J.P. Hill and MA Thomas. The monosaccharide transporter gene family in land plants is ancient and shows differential expression and expansion across lineages. BMC Evolutionary Biology 6:64-100.

2004. Hou G.C. and J.P. Hill. Developmental anatomy of the fifth shoot-borne root in young sporophytes of Ceratopteris richardii Planta 219:212-220.

2004. Hou, G.C., J.P. Hill and E Blancaflor. Developmental anatomy and auxin response of lateral root formation in Ceratopteris richardii. Journal of Experimental Botany 55:685-693.


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