2016: named to the list of 100 most influential people in the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service.
2016: presented with an Honorable Mention Gold Spokes Award for commuting on bike 5 days a week, week in and week out!
2015: Edward Kidder Graham Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, given to a faculty member for service to the state, national, and world.
2015: Pritzlaff Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for service to plant conservation.
2014 Awards: Star Award for service to the conservation of the flora of the United States; Order of the Longleaf, State of North Carolina; Proclamation of Peter White Day, Dec. 3, 2014, by the Town of Chapel Hill.
Home Town Hero, WCHL radio, 2012.
Named an “Outstanding Southerner” by Southern Living Magazine, February 2009.
80th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, Highlands Biological Station, October 2007.
of Discovery Lecture,
Ricklefs, Hong, and White (2004) achieves a “top 10” ranking in the year 2006 for citations of Ecography articles published in 2004.
Plenary Speaker, Working Together for the Landscape of Tomorrow, October 2006
Plenary Speaker, 67th Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists, May 2006
Profile in Southern Living, May 2005
Award of Excellence, 2004, National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Excellence Award for the
Award, for the
BW Wells Lecture,
Award, WCHL Radio, 2004,
Tar Heel of the Week, 2002, The News and Observer, Raleigh
Star Heel, 2002,
The Daily Tar Heel,
First Prize for Natural History Books, 1998 Excellence in Interpretation Competition, National Park Service, USDI for Wildflowers of the Smokies
Hero on the Hill, 1993, The Daily Tar Heel
Award to the North
Recent Interviews: WUNC-TV, North Carolina People with Bill Friday; Talk of the Nation, NPR Radio; The State of Things, WUNC Radio; JWAVE Radio, Tokyo; Radio scripts for the Daily Conservationist with Barbara Cleary; WCHL; WCOM; USA Today; WPVM; Gardening with Nick Federof, Environmental Media Broadcasting; WUNC-TV, Tom Earnhardt’s Exploring North Carolina; WUNC-TV, In the Garden with Brice Lane; Raleigh News and Observer; Daily Tar Heel