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In preparation

Potts AJ, Franklin J, Cowling RM. The plant communities of the PalaeoAgulhas Plain: an expert-model approach. Target: Quaternary Science Reviews.

Potts AJ, Franklin J, Cowling RM. The distribution of C4 and CAM photosynthetic pathways across South Africa. Target: South African Journal of Botany.

De Vynck JC, Anderson RJ, Cowling RM, Potts AJ. People or Place: What caused Turbo sarmaticus size change between the Middle- and Later Stone Age? Target: Quaternary Science Reviews.

Buttner D, Jacobs A, Potts AJ. Testing the phenotype plasticity advantage in Acacia cyclops. Target: Functional Ecology.

Potts AJ. Phylogeography of Pappea capensis across Africa. Target: Journal of Biogeography.

Potts AJ. To network or not to network, that is the phylogenetic question! Target: Systematic Biology.

Under review




Duker R, van der Vyver M, Cowling RM, Potts AJ. Mapping cold-air pooling in the sub-escarpment lowlands of South Africa: exploring frost hollows and vegetation boundaries. Ecological Applications.

Botha MS, Cowling RM, Esler KJ, De Vynck J, Potts AJ. Have humans living within the Greater Cape Floristic Region used the same plant species through time? South African Journal of Botany.

Bailey LA, Potts AJ, Cowling RM, Whitfield MC, Smit B. Wand plant architecture in the Fynbos: testing the rodent herbivory hypothesis. South African Journal of Botany.





Potts AJ, Rebelo T, Barret RL & Stirton CH (2018) Editorial: Hybridisation in the Cape and Kwongkan. South African Journal of Botany. 118, 282-283.

Macqueen TP & Potts AJ (2018) Re-opening the case of Frankenflora: Evidence of hybridisation between local and introduced Protea species at Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve. South African Journal of Botany. 118, 315-320.

Grímsson F, Grimm GW, Potts AJ, Zetter R, & Renner SS (2018) A Winteraceae pollen tetrad from the early Paleocene of western Greenland, and the fossil record of Winteraceae in Laurasia and Gondwana. Journal of Biogeography. 45, 567-581





Potts AJ (2017) Catchments catch all in South African coastal lowlands: topography and palaeoclimate restricted gene flow in Nymania capensis (Meliaceae)—a multilocus phylogeographic and distribution modelling approach. PeerJ. 5:e2965.

Potts AJ (2017) Genetic risk and the transition to cultivation in Cape endemic crops—The example of honeybush (Cyclopia)? South African Journal of Botany. 110: 52-56. PDF, www.

Schliep K, Potts AJ, Morrison DA, & Grimm GW (2017) Intertwining phylogenetic trees and networks.Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 8: 1212–1220. PDF, www.






Potts AJ, Hedderson TA & Grimm GW (2014) Constructing phylogenies in the presence of intra-individual site polymorphisms (2ISPs) with a focus on the nuclear ribosomal cistron. Systematic Biology, 63: 1-16. PDF, www.

Wilman V, Campbell EE, Potts AJ & Cowling RM (2014) A mismatch between germination requirements and environmental conditions: Niche conservatism in xeric subtropical thicket canopy species? South African Journal of Botany, 92:1-6. PDF, www.