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Hybrid Special Arbor Day Lecture, celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Coker Arboretum featuring Dr. Peter White - The World of Trees

with Peter White, UNC Biology Professor, Past NCBG Director, Retired


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Thursday, April 27, 2023

6:00 PM-7:00 PM; followed by a book-signing and light reception

Free; preregistration required 


Special Arbor Day Lecture, celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Coker Arboretum


Join the Garden and Dr. Peter White, former Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Professor of Biology (Emeritus) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a special lecture celebrating trees in all their diversity of forms and ecological roles and, more particularly, in celebration of Arbor Day and the 120th anniversary year of the Coker Arboretum. In 2022, Peter White, as a member of a four-person team, published The World Atlas of Trees and Forests: Exploring Earth’s Forest Ecosystems (Princeton University Press), recently named recipient of the Outstanding Reference Book of the last year by the American Library Association and presented with the PROSE Award for Environmental Science by the American Association of Publishers.



This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.


In-person option: Seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats. 



Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.




The registration period has closed for this event.
Registration open until 4/27/2023 4:50 PM.

About the Speaker

Peter White’s admiration and respect for trees began with boyhood summers on a Maine lake. He received a BA from Bennington College in 1971 and a PhD in ecology from Dartmouth College in 1976. As a grad student, he also served as the Tree Warden of Hanover, New Hampshire. After a postdoctoral year at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, he served as a Research Biologist for Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 8 years and then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a joint position as professor in the Biology Department and director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, retiring from the directorship in 2014 and from teaching in 2019.  He and his students and collaborators published several hundred scientific papers in ecology and conservation topics. Previous books include Wildflowers of the Smokies and The Ecology of Natural Disturbance and Patch Dynamics.

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Hybrid (Virtual and Reeves Auditorium)

Seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. A virtual option is available if you would prefer to view from another location.