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Botanist to Speak on N.C. Ecology

UNC botany professor Peter White will present, “From the Appalachians to the Coastal Plain: North Carolina’s Wildflowers and Ecology,” Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. as part of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series offered by the ECU Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. His presentation will be held in the Science and Technology Building, Room OC-307.

White’s lecture will focus on plants native to North Carolina. White also directs the university’s North Carolina Botanical Garden. His work on defining “The Conservation Garden,” has led to an Award of Excellence by the National Garden Clubs and the Program Excellence Award from the American Public Garden Association.


White holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and a B.A. from Bennington College. After a year as assistant professor at Dartmouth, he became NEA postdoctoral fellow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. He was later appointed research biologist with the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He was the first director of the Cooperative Park Studies Unit at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. White joined UNC – Chapel Hill in 1986.

He has published more than 100 scholarly papers, several books and numerous articles for public audiences.

His work has been profiled in Southern Living magazine. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and has appeared on WUNC-TV programs including “North Carolina People” with Bill Friday, “Exploring North Carolina” with Tom Earnhardt, and “In the Garden” by Brice Lane. White is vice chair of the North Carolina Plant Conservation Board and serves on the Board of the Center for Plant Conservation and Discover Life in America. He is a senior editor of the “Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science.”

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series is sponsored through contributions from the Dean’s Advancement Council for the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the ECU Alumni Association.

For additional details, contact series director John Tucker (History) at



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