Bill Hoch

Bill Hoch - Associate Professor, Ph. D from University of Wisconsin at Madison

Office: 409 Leon Johnson Hall
Lab: 337 Plant BioScience Building

Phone: 406-994-5064
Fax: 406-994-1848



Research interests involve the propagation and development of woody nursery crops, including Acer, Alnus, Betula, Spiraea and Viburnum.  Recent work has focused on the production and evaluation of sterile clones of invasive woody species. 


  • HORT 231 Woody Ornamentals
  • HORT 410 Horticulture Recitation
  • HORT 447 Advanced Plant Propagation
  • HORT 485 Horticulture Capstone I (fall)
  • HORT 486R Horticulture Capstone II (spring)


  • B.S. Horticulture University of Wisconsin-Madison 1995
  • M.S. Horticulture University of Wisconsin-Madison 1998
  • Ph.D. Crop Physiology  University of Wisconsin-Madison 2003


  • International Plant Propagators Society
  • Montana Nursery and Landscape Association
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture


Refereed Journals

Britton, J., Boyd, E., Hoch, W. 2016. The state of heritage tree programs in the rocky mountain/interior plain province. Landscape Research Record, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. 4:146-157.

Al-Niemi, T., N.F. Weeden, B.H. McCown and W.A. Hoch. 2012. Genetic analysis of an interspecific cross in ornamental viburnum (Viburnum). J. Hered.  103:2-12.

Hoch, W.A. and T. A.O. Dougher. 2011. Student perceptions of hybrid vs traditional courses: a case study in plant identification. NACTA Journal. 55:8-13. 

Backes, C.L. and W.A. Hoch. 2010. In vitro propagation of wavy-leaved Indian paintbrush
(Castilleja applegatei Fern.). Sci. Hortic. 126:475-479. 

Wilson, R.L. and W.A. Hoch. 2009. Identification of sterile, noninvasive cultivars of Japanese spirea. HortScience. 44:2031–2034.

Hoch, W.A., M. F. Carpinelli and T. Weaver. 2009. Seasonality of potential stem photosynthesis / respiration in four hardwoods. Int. J. Sci. 15:18-25.  

Hoch, W.A. and B.H. McCown. 2004. Resistance to the birch leafminer (Fenusa pusilla) within the Betula section Costatae is recessive and displays a gene dosage effect. Acta Hort. 630:53-55

Hoch, W.A., P.A. Weston and B.H. McCown. 2004. The potential of breeding for resistance to the introduced pest, viburnum leaf beetle (Pyrrhalta viburni). Acta Hort. 630:65-69

Hoch, W.A., E. L. Singsaas and B.H. McCown. 2003. Resorption protection: anthocyanins facilitate nutrient recovery in autumn by shielding leaves from potentially damaging light levels. Plant Physiol. 133: 1296-1305.

Hoch, W.A., G. Jung and B.H. McCown. 2002. Effectiveness of interspecific hybridization for incorporation of birch leafminer (Fenusa pusilla) resistance into white-barked Betula. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127: 957-962.

Hoch, W.A., E.L. Zeldin and B.H. McCown 2001. The physiological significance of anthocyanins during autumnal leaf senescence. Tree Physiol. 21: 1-8.

Hoch, W.A., E.L. Zeldin and B.H. McCown 2000. Resistance to the birch leafminer Fenusa pusilla (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) within the genus Betula. J. Econ. Entomol. 93: 1810-1813.