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[50] Mills AJ, Duker R, Lechmere-Oertel RG, Van Mazijk R & Potts AJ (2023) Science is the fuel required for lifting ecosystem restoration into the orbit of hundreds of millions of hectares. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 4, 1283262. www. PDF

[49] Galuszynski NC, Forbes RE, Rishworth GM & Potts AJ. Restoring South African subtropical succulent thicket using Portulacaria afra: exploring the rooting window hypothesis. PeerJ 11, e15538. www. PDF


[48] Kraaij T, Msweli ST &  Potts AJ (2022) Fuel trait effects on flammability of native and invasive alien shrubs in coastal fynbos and thicket (Cape Floristic Region). PeerJ 10, e13765. www. 

[47] Galuszynski NC, Duker R, Potts AJ & Kattenborn T (2022) Automated mapping of Portulacaria afra canopies for restoration monitoring with convolutional neural networks and heterogeneous unmanned aerial vehicle imagery. PeerJ 10, e14219. www. 

[46] Botha MS, Cowling RM, De Vynck JC, Esler KJ & Potts AJ (2022) The response of geophytes to continuous human foraging on the Cape south coast, South Africa and its implications for early hunter-gatherer mobility patterns. PeerJ 10, e13066. www. 


[45] Schagen M, Bosch J, Johnson J, Duker R, Lebre P, Potts AJ & Cowan DA (2021) The soil microbiomics of intact, degraded and partially-restored semi-arid succulent thicket (Albany Subtropical Thicket). PeerJ 9, e12176. www. 


[44] Galuszynski NC & Potts AJ (2020)  Do Centres of Endemism provide a spatial context for predicting and preserving plant phylogeographic patterns in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa? PeerJ  8, e10045. www. 

[43] Galuszynski NC & Potts AJ (2020) Applied phylogeography of Cyclopia intermedia (Fabaceae) highlights the need for 'duty of care' when cultivating honeybush. PeerJ 8, e9818. www. 

[42] Msweli ST, Potts AJ, Fritz H, Kraaij T (2020) Fire weather effects on flammability of indigenous and invasive alien plants in coastal fynbos and thicket shrublands (Cape Floristic Region). PeerJ  8, e10161. www. 

[41] Cleghorn N, Potts AJ & Cawthra HC (2020) Editorial: The Palaeo-Agulhas Plain: A lost world and extinct ecosystem. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 106308. www. 

[40] Cowling RM, Potts AJ, Franklin J, Midgley GF, Engelbrecht F & Marean CW (2020) Describing a drowned Pleistocene ecosystem: Last Glacial Maximum vegetation reconstruction of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 105866. www. 

[39] Botha MS, Cowling RM, Esler KJ, de Vynck JC, Cleghorn NE, & Potts AJ (2020) Return rates from plant foraging on the Cape south coast: Understanding early human economies. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 106129. www. 

[38] Grobler BA, Cawthra HC, Potts AJ, Cowling RM (2020) Plant diversity of Holocene dune landscapes in the Cape Floristic Region: The legacy of Pleistocene sea-level dynamics. Quaternary Science Reviews 235, 106058. www. 

[37] Liede-Schumann S, Grimm GW, Nürk NM, Potts AJ, Meve U, Hartmann HEK (2020) Phylogenetic relationships in the southern African genus Drosanthemum (Ruschioideae, Aizoaceae). PeerJ 8, e8999. www. 

[36] Galuszynski NC & Potts AJ (2020) Application of High Resolution Melt analysis (HRM) for screening haplotype variation in a non-model plant genus: Cyclopia (Honeybush). PeerJ 8, e9187. www. 

[35] Duker R, Cowling RM, van der Vyver ML & Potts AJ (2020) Site selection for subtropical thicket restoration: mapping cold-air pooling in the South African sub-escarpment lowlands. PeerJ 8, e8980. www. 


[34] Botha MS, Cowling RM, Esler KJ, De Vynck J & Potts AJ (2019). Have humans living within the Greater Cape Floristic Region used the same plant species through time? South African Journal of Botany. 122:11-20. www. 

[33] Bailey LA, Potts AJ, Cowling RM, Whitfield MC & Smit B. (2019) Wand plant architecture in the Fynbos: testing the rodent herbivory hypothesis. South African Journal of Botany. 124:564-572. www. 


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

[32] 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. www. 

[31] 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. www. 


[30] 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. www. 

[29] 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. www. 

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


[27] Singels E, Potts AJ , Cowling RM, Marean CW, De Vynck J & Esler KJ (2016) Foraging potential of underground storage organ plants in the southern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution. 101:79-89. www. 

[26] van As S, van der Linden SC, Phillips DP, Rous KG, Duker R, Beyers A, Calitz W, Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2016) Impending local extinction of Aloe ferox Mill. populations in the absence of elephants and black rhinos? African Journal of Ecology . 54:504-506. www. 

[25] Potts AJ , Veldkornet DA & Adams JB (2016) A phylogeographic break in a South African coastal saltmarsh macrophyte, Juncus kraussii. South African Journal of Botany . 107:80-83. www. 

[24] Veldkornet DA, Potts AJ & Adams JB (2016) The distribution of salt marsh macrophyte species in relation to physicochemical variables. South African Journal of Botany . 107:84-90. www. 

[23] De Vynck JC, Cowling RM, Potts AJ & Marean CW (2016) Seasonal availability of edible underground and aboveground carbohydrate resources to human foragers on the Cape south coast, South Africa. PeerJ . 4:e1679. www. 

[22] Grimm GW, Bouchala JM, Denk T & Potts AJ (2016) Fables and foibles: A critical analysis of the Palaeoflora database and the Coexistence Approach for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology . 233:216-235. www. 

[21] Grimm GW & Potts AJ (2016) Fallacies and fantasies: the theoretical underpinnings of the Coexistence Approach for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Climate of the Past . 12:611-622. www. 


[20] Potts AJ , Bond WJ & Cowling RM (2015) Editorial: Understanding biome boundaries in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany , 101:1-4. 

[19] Calitz W, Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2015) Investigating the flammability at species level across five biomes of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany. 101, 32-39. www. 

[18] Potts AJ , Moncrieff GR, Bond WJ & Cowling RM (2015) An operational framework for biome boundary research with examples from South Africa. South African Journal of Botany , 101:5-15. www. 

[17] Veldkornet DA, Adams JB &amp Potts AJ (2015) Where do you draw the line? Determining the transition thresholds between estuarine salt marshes and terrestrial vegetation. South African Journal of Botany . 101, 153-159. www. 

[16] Duker R, Cowling RM, du Preez DR & Potts AJ (2015) Frost, Portulacaria afra Jacq., and the boundary between the Albany Subtropical Thicket and Nama-Karoo biomes. South African Journal of Botany . 101:112-119. www. 

[15] Cowling RM & Potts  AJ (2015) Climatic, edaphic and fire regime determinants of biome boundaries in the eastern Cape Floristic Region. South African Journal of Botany. 101:73-81. www. 

[14] Becker CH, Coetsee C, Cowling RM & Potts AJ (2015) The local landscape boundary between the Albany subtropical thicket and Nama-Karoo shrubland is not influenced by edaphic factors. South African Journal of Botany . 101:107-111. www. 

[13] Marean CW, Anderson RJ, Bar-Matthews M, Braun K, Cawthra HC, Cowling RM, Engelbrecht F, Esler KJ, Fisher E, Franklin J, Hill K, Janssen M, Potts AJ & Zahn R (2015) A new research strategy for integrating studies of paleoclimate, paleoenvironment, and paleoanthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews, 24:62-72. www. 

[12] Franklin J, Potts AJ , Fisher EC, Cowling RM & Marean CW (2015) Paleodistribution modeling in archaeology and paleoanthropology. Quaternary Science Reviews, 110:1-14. www. 

[11] Cowling RM, Potts AJ , Bradshaw P, Colville J, Arianoutsou M, Ferrier S, Forest F, Fyllas NM, Hopper SD, Ojeda F, Proches, Smith RJ, Rundel PW, Vassilakis E & Zutta BR (2015). Variation in plant diversity in mediterranean-climate ecosystems: the role of climatic and topographical stability. Journal of Biogeography, 42:552-564. www. 

[10] Duker R, Cowling RM, du Preez DR, van der Vyver ML, Weatherall-Thomas CR & Potts AJ (2015) Community-level assessment of freezing tolerance: frost dictates the biome boundary between Albany Subtropical Thicket and Nama-Karoo in South Africa. Journal of Biogeography, 42:167–178. www. 


[9] 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

[8] 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.


[7] Potts AJ, Hedderson TA, Vlok JHJ & Cowling RMC (2013) Pleistocene range dynamics in the eastern Greater Cape Floristic Region: a case study of the Little Karoo endemic Berkheya cuneata (Asteraceae). South African Journal of Botany, 88:401-413. [JIF: 0.978]. www. 

[6] Potts AJ, Hedderson TA & Cowling RMC (2013) Testing large-scale conservation corridors designed for patterns and processes: comparative phylogeography of three tree species. Diversity and Distributions. 19:1418-1428. [JIF: 3.667]. www. 

[5] Potts AJ, Hedderson TA, Franklin J & Cowling RMC (2013) The Last Glacial Maximum distribution of Albany Subtropical Thicket inferred from community distribution modelling. Journal of Biogeography, 40:310-322. [JIF: 4.590]. www. 

[4] Midgley JJ, Harris C, Harington A & Potts AJ (2012). Geochemical perspective on origins and consequences of heuweltjie formation in the southwestern Cape, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 115:577-588. [JIF: 0.882]. www. 

[3] Potts AJ, Midgley JJ, Child M, Hempson T & Larson C (2011) Coexistence theory in the Cape Floristic Region: revisiting an example of leaf niches in the Proteaceae. Austral Ecology, 36:212-219. [JIF: 1.837]. www. 

[2] Malgas R, Potts AJ, Oettlé N, Koelle B, Todd S, Verboom T & Hoffman T (2010) Distribution, quantitative morphological variation and preliminary molecular analysis of different growth forms of wild rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) in the northern Cederberg and on the Bokkeveld Plateau. South African Journal of Botany, 76:72-81. [JIF: 0.998]. www. 

[1] Potts AJ, Midgley JJ & Harris C (2009) Stable isotope and 14C study of biogenic calcrete in a termite mound, Western Cape, South Africa, and its palaeoenvironmental significance. Quaternary Research, 72:258-64. [JIF: 2.544]. www. 

Published book chapters

[2] Colville JF, Potts AJ, Bradshaw PL, Measey GJ, Snijman D, Picker MD, Proches Ş, Bowie RC & Manning JC (2014) Floristic and faunal Cape biochoria: do they exist? Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region (ed. by N. Allsopp, J.F. Colville and G.A. Verboom), pp. 73-93. Oxford University Press, New York.

[1] Marean CW, Cawthra HC, Cowling RM, Esler KJ, Fisher E, Milewski A, Potts AJ, Singels E & de Vynck J (2014) Stone Age people in a changing South African Greater Cape Floristic Region. Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region (ed. by N. Allsopp, J.F. Colville and G.A. Verboom), pp. 164-199. Oxford University Press, Oxford.