Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter

Position Title

Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2041 Wickson

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.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Ecology
  • Horticulture and Agronomy
  • International Agricultural Development
  • Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Systematics and Evolutionary Biology


  • 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
  • EVE/PLB 108 Angiosperm Systematics and Evolution, Spring


  • 1982 BA Biology Harvard University
  • 1991 PhD Botany Cornell University


Battenberg, K., Lee, E. K., Chiu, J. C., Berry, A. M., and Potter, D. 2017. OrthoReD: a rapid and accurate orthology prediction tool with low computational requirement. BMC Bioinformatics 18: 310.

Zhao, L., Jiang, X.W., Zuo, Y.J., Liu, X.L., Chin, S.W., Haberle, R., Potter, D., Chang, Z.Y. and Wen, J. 2016. Multiple events of allopolyploidy in the evolution of the racemose lineages in Prunus (Rosaceae) based on integrated evidence from nuclear and plastid data. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157123. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157123. 

Park, D. S., and Potter, D. 2015.  Why close relatives make bad neighbors: phylogenetic conservatism in niche preferences and dispersal disproves Darwin's naturalization hypothesis in the thistle tribe. Molecular Ecology 24: 3181-3193. doi: 10.1111/mec.13227

Chin, S.-W., Shaw, J., Haberle, R., Wen, J., and Potter, D. 2014. Diversification of almonds, peaches, plums and cherries - Molecular systematics and biogeographic history of Prunus (Rosaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 76: 34-48.

Petersen, J. J., Parker, I. M., and Potter, D. 2014. Domestication of the neotropical tree Chrysophyllum cainito from a geographically limited yet genetically diverse gene pool in Panama. Ecology and Evolution 4: 539–553. doi: 10.1002/ece3.948.

Park, D. S., and Potter, D. 2013. A test of Darwin's naturalization hypothesis in the thistle tribe shows that close relatives make bad neighbors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110: 17915-17920.

Still, S. M., and Potter, D. 2013. California poppy conundrums: insights into relationships within tribe Eschscholtzieae (Papaveraceae). Systematic Botany 38: 104-117.

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.

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.

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.