Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Steven R Hill
Title: Botanist, Plant Systematist
Mailing address:
1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
1909 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Address mailcode: MC-652
Office room: 2028
Location: Evers Lab
Phone: 217-244-8452
Fax: 217-244-0802

Plant systematics (taxonomic monographs), plant identification; botanical surveys and reports on threatened and endangered plant species and high-quality natural communities in specified sites for the Illinois Department of Transportation; herbarium development; plant propagation; reviews of scientific botanical manuscripts; seminars and lectures, generally for adult professional groups
Systematics (taxonomy) of core Malvaceae (cotton family), botanical surveys and reports of threatened and endangered plants, studies on neotropical floristics, Flora of North America - especially Malvaceae
Message to students:

My background is in classical [traditional] plant taxonomy and field botany. I am also a Research Associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden which may be of assistance.  I am especially well-versed in the history of plant taxonomy, plant nomenclature and Botanical Latin, herbarium activities, floristics and tropical botany.

1990-1994 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

1995- present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

1995 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana.

1997 Malvastrum hillii Fryxell, Leon de la Luz & Dominguez (Malvaceae). In publishing the name the authors added, "The specific epithet honors S.R. Hill, whose noteworthy monograph of the genus Malvastrum (Hill 1982) is a model of a good monograph and the principal source of our knowledge of the genus."

1998-present Appointed Research Associate by the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, to encourage and continue cooperative research.

2001 Invited to serve as a founding member of the Board of Editors for the new journal SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST, a companion journal to the successful Northeastern Naturalist published by the Humboldt Field Research Institute, Steuben, Maine, June 2001.
1990-present Associate Editor, journal Rhodora.
Professional affiliations:
American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Association of Southeastern Biologists, California Botanical Society, Connecticut Botanical Society, Illinois Native Plant Society, Illinois State Academy of Science, International Association for Plant Taxonomy, New England Botanical Club, Society of Herbarium Curators, South Carolina Native Plant Society, Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Selected publications:
Hill, S.R. 1974. Range extensions and new records for the Bahama Flora.  Rhodora 76:471-477.
Hill, S.R. 1976.  A new species of Euphorbia (section Chamaesyce) from the Bahamas. Sida 6:313-316.
Hill, S.R. 1977.  Spore morphology of Anemia subgenus Coptophyllum.  American Fern Journal 67: 11-17.
Hill, S.R. 1980. New taxa and combinations in Malvastrum A.Gray (Malvaceae: Malveae) Brittonia 32:464-483.
Hill, S.R. 1981. Supplement to Flora of the Texas Coastal Bend by F.B.Jones.  Sida 9:43-54.
Hill, S.R. and R.E.Riefner, Jr. 1982.  New records and distributional notes on Maryland pteridophytes.  American Fern Journal 72:45-48.
Hill, S.R. 1982. Distributional and nomenclatural notes on the flora of the Texas Coastal Bend. Sida 9:309-326.
Hill, S.R. 1982. A monograph of the genus Malvastrum A. Gray (Malvaceae: Malveae). Rhodora 84: 1-83, 159-264, 317-409.

Hill, S.R. et al. 1982. Preparation of plant voucher specimens. In W.L.Lee, B.M.Bell, J.F.Sutton, eds. Guidelines for the Acquisition and Management of Biological Specimens.  Association of Systematics Collections.  University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Hill, S.R. 1983.  Microwave and the herbarium specimen: potential dangers. Taxon 32:614-615.
Nelson, B.W., C.A.Cid Ferreira, C.A.Todzia, J.L.Zarruchi, and S.R.Hill. 1985. Distributional and ecological notes on Polygonathus amazonicus Ducke.  Acta Amazonica Suppl. 15(1-2): 63-69.
Hill, S.R. 1986. 100 Poisonous Plants of Maryland. Bulletin 314 Cooperative Extension Service, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. 56 p.

Terrell, E.E., S.R.Hill, J.H.Wiersema and W.E.Rice. 1986. A checklist of names for 3,000 vascular plants of economic importance. U.S.D.A. Agric. Handb. 505.; U.S.D.A., Beltsville, MD. 241 pp.
Hill, S.R. 1986. An annotated checklist the vascular flora of Assateague Island (Maryland and Virginia). Castanea 51:265-305.
Hill, S.R. 1990. Poisonous plants in zoo landscape design. pp. 464-470. In American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, Regional Conference Proceedings, 1990. A.A.Z.P.A., Wheeling, WV. R.O.Wagner, A.A.Z.P. Executive Director.
Hill, S.R. 1992.  Calciphiles and calcareous habitats of South Carolina.  Castanea 57(1):25-33.
Hill, S.R. 1995. How to make a plant collection.  Herbarium Supply Co., Menlo Park, CA. 8 pp.
Hill, S.R. 1997. The Flora of Latimer Point and vicinity, New London County, Connecticut  Rhodora 98(894): 180-216.
Hill, S.R. and C.N.Horn. 1997. Additions to the Flora of South Carolina. Castanea 62(3):194-208.
Hill, S.R. and A. James. 1998. New plant records for Dominica, Lesser Antilles. Sida 18: 297-305.

Hill, S.R. 1999. The Relict Flora of Ice Ponds in South Carolina. Castanea 64(1): 14-22.

Hill, S.R. 2001. Endangered Species, pp. 106-111 In R.Robinson, R.C.Evans, W. Mechaber and R.S.Wallace, eds. Plant Sciences, vol. 2. Macmillan Reference USA.  New York, New York.
Hill, S.R. 2002. Botanizing with mallows aforethought. American Butterflies 10(3): 4-10.
Hill, S.R. 2002. Malvaceae, pp. 370 - 375, in Baldwin, B.G, et al., eds. 2002. The Jepson Desert Manual - Vascular Plants of Southeastern California. University of California Press: Berkeley. xiv, 624 pp., plates, maps.
Hill, S.R. 2002.  Some recent changes in the Illinois Flora. Illinois Natural History Survey Reports 372:2.
Hill, S.R. 2006.  Mallows in Illinois.  Illinois Natural History Survey Reports Spring 2006. No. 387: 2, 5.
Hill, S.R. 2008. Botanists' Mantra, p. 139. In Jeffords, M.R., S.L.Post and C.Warwick.  2008. Biologists in the field: stories, tales and anecdotes from 150 year of field biology.Illinois Natural History Survey,Champaign, IL.
Hill, S.R. 2008. Two new subspecies of Sidalcea hickmanii (Malvaceae) in California. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 2(2): 783-791.
Hill, S.R. 2009.  Notes on California Malvaceae including nomenclatural changes and additions to the flora.  Madrono 56(2): 104-111.
Clifton, G.L., R.E.Buck and S.R.Hill. 2010. A new Sidalcea (Malvaceae) from Northeastern California.  Madrono 56(4): 285-292.
Hill, S.R. 2010. New and noteworthy sedge records in Illinois.  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 103(3/4): 85-96.
Hill, S.R. 2012. Malvaceae, pp. 876-897.  In Baldwin, B.G., D.H.Goldman, D.J.Keil, R. Patterson, T.J.Rosatti, and D.H.Wilken, editors. 2012. The Jepson Manual: vascular plants of California,second edition.  University of California Press, Berkeley.
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Program affiliates:
Affiliate, Plant Biology, and School of Integrative Biology; University of Illinois Graduate Faculty.
Professional society involvement and activities:
Treasurer of Sigma Xi, Clemson University Chapter, 1991-1993; Associate Editor for botanical journal RHODORA published by the New England Botanical Club and Harvard University, 1997-present; Editor of botanical journal Castanea, journal of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, 2000-2002; Reviewer of scientific articles for botanical journals: American Journal of Botany, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Brittonia, Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, Castanea, Lundellia, Madrono, Northeastern Naturalist, Novon, Rhodora, Sida, Southeastern Naturalist, Systematic Botany, etc; Reviewer of grant proposals, Systematics Section, National Science Foundation.

Ph.D., Botany, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1979

M.A., Biology, H.H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, 1975

B.S., Biology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 1972

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