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Daniel Potter

Associate Professor

Plant Science

2041 Wickson


1991 PhD Cornell University Botany
1982 BA Harvard University Biology

Research Interests:

systematic botany
Plant phylogeny, evolution, and taxonomy, especially diversity and relationships of crop plants and their wild relatives.

Relationships and interactions between plants and people across cultures, time, and space.

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Plant Biology  

Specialties / Focus:

Plant Biology
Systematics and Evolutionary Biology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS:

International Agricultural Development  
Horticulture and Agronomy  


Last updated 6/19/2012
Potter, D., Eriksson, T., Evans, R. C., Oh, S., Smedmark, J., Morgan, D. R., Kerr, M., Robertson, K. R., Arsenault, M., Dickinson, T. A., and Campbell, C. S. 2007. Phylogeny and classification of Rosaceae. Plant Systematics and Evolution 266: 5-43.

Parker, I. M., López, I., Petersen, J. J., Anaya, N., Cubilla-Rios, L., and Potter, D. 2010. Domestication syndrome in caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito L.): fruit and seed characteristics. Economic Botany 64:161-175.

Chin, S.-W., Wen, J., Johnson, G., and Potter, D. 2010. Merging Maddenia with the morphologically diverse Prunus (Rosaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society 164:236-245.

Petersen, J. J., Parker, I. M., and Potter, D. 2012. Origins and close relatives of a semi-domesticated neotropical fruit tree: Chrysophyllum cainito L. (Sapotaceae). American Journal of Botany 99: 585-604.


PLB/PLS 102 California Floristics Spring
PLB 141 Principles and Methods of Ethnobotany Winter
BIS 2B Principles of Ecology and Evolution Winter
PBI 200A PBGG Core Course: Genetics and Evolution Fall