Potts Research Group:
This Research Group is interested in many aspects of South African ecology, including palaeovegetation distributions, plant phylogeography, drivers of biome boundaries, and Succulent Subtropical Thicket ecology (e.g. physiology, seed dispersal and restoration). It is based predominantly in the Eastern Cape — which is a melting pot for almost all of South Africa's vegetation types.
Alastair has shifted to a strong focus on Succulent Thicket restoration in response to the UN Decade of Restoration and the growing interest in Portulacaria afra planting for the international carbon market.
Students: If you are interested in joining the research group, please visit the Research Themes and Projects page to get a sense of what we do. Also feel free to make an appointment discuss your interests or ideas with Alastair (in person or over the phone).
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Dr. Alastair J. Potts
Nelson Mandela University
Office: Room 0114, Building 12, South Campus, Port Elizabeth
Email: Alastair [dot] Potts [at] mandela [dot] ac [dot] za
Sidenote: For those who may be interested, my Erdős number is (as far as I know) 5: Paul Erdős -> John H. Conway -> Daniel H. Huson -> Markus Göker -> Guido Grimm -> Alastair Potts
I am a signatory to the Cost of Knowledge protest against the publishing house Elsevier.
The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research — please be stupid, but stupid in the best way possible.
Structured Procrastination — the art of being a productive scientist
PhD comics — when I need to stop and laugh at academia.
XKDC — so much truth, so little time.
Why Most Published Research Findings Are False — replication is the foundation of science. So why don't we replicate studies in different ways?