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Biographical entry Potts, Bradley


Biogeographer and Eucalypt geneticist


As a plant geneticist at the University of Tasmania, Bradley Potts has researched the genetics of eucalypts, including evolutionary relationships and phylogeography, conservation genetics, adaptation, gene pool utilization and genetic pollution. His publication list on eucalypt genetics is extensive. A selection of publications is listed here.



Career position - Appointment as plant geneticist, University of Tasmania
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Clive Lord Memorial Medal, Royal Society of Tasmania

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  • Wiltshire, R.J.E. and Potts, B.M., EucaFlip - Life-size guide to the eucalypts of Tasmania. (Hobart: University of Tasmania, 2007), 32 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Myburg, A.A., Potts, B.M., Marques, C.M.P., Kirst, M., Gior, J.M., Grattapaglia, D. and Grima-Pettenatti, J., 'Eucalypts.' in Forest Trees (Heidelberg: Springer, 2007), pp. 115-160. Details
  • Potts, B.M., 'Genetic improvement of eucalypts.' in Encyclopedia of forest sciences (Oxford: Elsevier, 2004), pp. 1480-1490. Details
  • Potts, B.M. and Jackson, W.D., 'Evolutionary processes in the Tasmanian high altitude eucalypts.' in Flora and Fauna of Alpine Australasia. Ages and Origins (Melbourne: CSIRO in association with Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1986), pp. 511-527. Details
  • Potts, B.M. and Pederick, L.A., 'Morphology, phylogeny, origin, distribution and genetic diversity of eucalypts.' in Diseases and pathogens of eucalypts (Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 2000), pp. 11-27. Details
  • Potts, BM and Wiltshire, RJE, 'Eucalypt genetics and genecology.' in Eucalypt Ecology: Individuals to Ecosystems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 56-91. Details
  • Reid, J.B. and Potts, B.M., 'Eucalypt Biology.' in Vegetation of Tasmania (Canberra: Australian Biological Resources Study, 1999). Details
  • Taylor, R.J., Balmer, J., Coy, R., Potts, B.M. and Wall, L.E., 'Flora and fauna of the sclerophyll ecosystem' in Tasmanian Wilderness-World Heritage Values (Hobart: Royal Society of Tasmania, 1993), pp. 91-100. Details

Journal Articles

  • Jones, RC, Steane, DA, Potts, BM and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Microsatellite and morphological analysis of Eucalyptus globulus populations', Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 32 (2002), 59-66. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Jordan, GJ; Vaillancourt, RE; Steane, DA and Potts, BM, 'Glacial refugia and reticulate evolution: the case of the Tasmanian eucalypts.', Transactions of the Royal Society Series B Biological Sciences, 359 (1442) (2004), 275-284. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Potts, BM; Steane, DA and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Population and phylogenetic analysis of the cinnamoyl coA reductase gene in Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae).', Australian Journal of Botany, 53 (8) (2005), 827-838. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Smith, JJ and Potts, BM, 'Recurrent nuclear DNA introgression accompanies chloroplast DNA exchange between two eucalypt species.', Molecular Ecology, 19 (7) (2010), 1367-1380. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Steane, DA; Potts, BM and Vaillancourt, RE, 'Incongruence between chloroplast and species phylogenies in eucalyptus subgenus monocalyptus (Myrtaceae)', American Journal of Botany, 86 (7) (1999), 1038-1046. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE; Jackson, HD and Potts, BM, 'Chloroplast sharing in the Tasmanian Eucalypts.', Evolution, 55 (2001), 703-711. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE; Steane, DA and Potts, BM, 'The rare silver gum, Eucalyptus cordata, is leaving its trace in the organellar gene pool of Eucalyptus globulus', Molecular Ecology, 13 (12) (2004), 3751-3762. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE; Steane, DA and Potts, BM, 'An AFLP marker approach to lower-level systematics in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae).', American Journal of Botany, 95 (3) (2008), 368-380. Details
  • McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE; Tilyard, P and Potts, BM, 'Maternal inheritance of the chloroplast genome in Eucalyptus globulus and interspecific hybrids.', Genome, 44 (2001), 831-835. Details
  • Nicolle, D; Potts, BM and McKinnon, GE, 'Eucalyptus cordata Subsp. quadrangulosa (Myrtaceae), a new taxon of restricted distribution from southern Tasmania.', Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 142 (2) (2008), 71-78. Details
  • Steane, DA; Byrne, M; Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, 'Chloroplast DNA Polymorphism Signals Complex Interspecific Interactions in Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae)', Australian Systematic Botany, 11 (1998), 25-40. Details
  • Steane, DA; Conod, N; Jones, RC; Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, 'A comparative analysis of population structure of a forest tree, Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae), using microsatellite markers and quantitative traits', Tree Genetics & Genomes, 2 (1998), 30-38. Details
  • Steane, DA; Nicolle, D and Potts, BM, 'Phylogenetic positioning of anomalous eucalypts by using ITS sequence data', Australian Systematic Botany, 20 (2007), 402-408. Details
  • Steane, DA; Nicolle, D; McKinnon, GE; Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, 'Higher-level relationships among the eucalypts are resolved by ITS-sequence data', Australian Systematic Botany, 15 (2002), 49-62. Details
  • Steane, DA; Vaillancourt, RE; Russell, J; Powell, W; Marshall, D and Potts, BM, 'Development and characterisation of microsatellite loci in Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae)', Silvae Genetica, 50 (2001), 89-91. Details
  • Steane, DA; West, AK; Potts, BM; Ovenden, JR and Reid, JB, 'Restriction fragment length polymorphisms in chloroplast DNA from six species of eucalyptus', Australian Journal of Botany, 39 (1991), 399-414. Details


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