Richard A. White

University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Botany

Office: 
046 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 660-7305
Studies in my laboratory are focused on the development and systematic anatomy/morphology of vascular plants, especially pteridophytes. Research activity is primarily concerned with the patterns of initiation, differentiation and maturation of vascular tissues in shoots of ferns, and their bearing on concepts of vascular organization. In particular, we have emphasized studies of the significant variation in the relationship between the phyllotactic arrangement of leaves on the shoot and the development of protoxylem and metaxylem in the stem. Current investigation of the systematic anatomy of the shoots of tree ferns (Cyatheaceae, Dicksoniaceae and allied genera), have resulted in a published description of a new genus in this group. Methods used include culture of gametophytes, histological sectioning techniques, TEM and SEM techniques and cine photography for reconstruction of the often complicated vascular structures in the shoots.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1962

  • M.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1960

  • M.Sc.Eng., Temple University 1957

  • B.S., Temple University 1957

Japanese-Style Garden Pavillion awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008

Garden Video awarded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2003

Sarah P. Duke Gardens Video awarded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002

(97-0338) Integration of Research and Education: The Evolution of Institutional Change for the 21st Century awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2001

Twining Vines: Into the Garden awarded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2001

(97-0768) Reynolds Price Video by W.L. Weldon awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

(95-0158) FOCUS Program awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1995

(93-0860) "Duke-in-Hollywood" Initiative awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994

(91-0024) ARFMP: Systems Upgrade of the Biological Sciences Building awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1994