Darrell White


Special Purpose Faculty/Greenhouse Manager
Center for the Sciences 168B
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6939, U.S.A.
(540) 831-6290
E-mail: dwhite64@radford.edu

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 103 – Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 104 – Human Biology
  • BIOL 131 – Ecology and Adaptation
  • BIOL 215 – Plants and Society
  • BIOL 491 – Directed Study and Research


As a Special Purpose faculty, I manage the RU Greenhouse. I mentor several work/study students in caring for the teaching collection in the greenhouse and I encourage students to take BIOL 491 credits (Directed Study and Research) to learn more about plant care, plant taxonomy and identification.

My research has focused on the restoration of native plant communities and the use of these communities as an educational tool. I am particularly interested in human interactions with plants. In my Plants and Society course (BIOL 215) we explore the historical and modern relationships between plants and societies, with emphases on medicinal, economic and cultural uses of plants. I periodically participate in the RU / U.S. Forest Service collaborative project conducting harvest experiments on Appalachian edible and medicinal plants. This project investigates the sustainability of wild-harvested economically and ecologically important native Appalachian edible and medicinal plants. For more information about this project or Greenhouse opportunities, please contact me.