Douglas Hileman, Ph.D
Location: Armstrong Hall 210A
Office Phone: 334-727-8828

Biographical Sketch:

Professor Douglas Hileman received his B,S, from Case Western Reserve University in 1972 and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1975 and 1981, respectively.  His research has focused on the effects of elevated CO2 on the photosynthetic rates and water relations of sweetpotato and peanut.  This work is relevant to the responses of crops to global climate change, as well as to the possibility of  growing crops in space as part of a long-term space mission to Mars.  Dr. Hileman has taught courses in Ecology, Environmental Biology,  Botany, Plant Physiology, General Biology, as well as a course in Mathematics, Computers and Biosciences. He serves as the coordinator of the Marine Biology concentration in the Biology Department and as the Tuskegee University representative to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Program Committee.  He has also been involved in the recruitment of minority students into careers in ecology and field biology, through the SEEDS program funded by UNCF.

Research Fields:

  • Physiological Plant Ecology
  • Photosynthesis and Plant Water Relations
  • Effects of Elevated CO2 on Plants


  • Dr. Ramble Ankumah, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Tuskegee University
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL

Representative Publications:

1. Stanciel, K., D.G. Mortley, D.R Hileman, P.A. Loretan, C.K. Bonsi, and W.A. Hill. 2000. Growth, pod, and seed yield, and gas exchange of hydroponically grown peanut in response to CO2 enrichment. HortScience 35:49-52.

2. Biswsas, P.K., D.R. Hileman, P.P. Ghosh, N.C. Bhattacharya, and J.N. McCrimmon. 1996. Growth and yield responses of field-grown sweetpotato to elevated carbon dioxide. Crop Sci. 36:1234-1239.

3. Hileman, D.R., G. Huluka, P.K. Kenjige, N. Sinha, N.C. Bhattacharya, P.K. Biswas, K.F. Lewin, J. Nagy and G.R. Hendrey. 1994. Canopy photosynthesis and transpiration of field-grown cotton exposed to Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) and differential irrigation. Agric. For. Meterol. 70:189-20.