Faculty and Staff

Daniel L Potts

Associate Professor
(716) 878-9831
Campus Address: Science And Math Complex 213

Lab page website.

Research Interests

I trained as a plant physiological and ecosystem ecologist at the University of Arizona.  My current research interests include examining rainfall responses of plants and soils in semi-arid ecosystems, understanding the effects of woody encroachment on carbon cycling in grasslands and, most recently, investigating post-industrial urban ecosystems.

Courses Taught

BIO 104: Plants & Society
BIO 212 - Introduction to Organismal Function & Diversity
BIO 405W - Organic Evolution
BIO 408 - Plant Physiology
BIO 612 - Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
BIO 626 - Plant Ecology

Recent Publications

D.L. Potts, G.D. Barron-Gafford, and G.D. Jenerette. 2014. Metabolic acceleration quantifies biological systems’ ability to upregulate metabolism in response to episodic resource availability.  Journal of Arid Environments 104: 9-16

J.N. Hirtreiter and D.L. Potts. 2012. Canopy structure, photosynthetic capacity and nitrogen distribution in adjacent mixed and monospecific stands of Phragmites australis and Typha latifolia. Plant Ecology doi: 10.1007/s11258-012-0044-2

D.L. Potts, K.N. Suding, G.C. Winston, A.V. Rocha and M.L. Goulden. 2012. Ecological effects of experimental drought and prescribed fire in a southern California coastal grassland. Journal of Arid Environments 81: 59-66

D.L. Potts, R.L. Scott, S. Bayram and J. Carbonara. 2010. Woody plants modulate the dynamics of soil moisture in a semi-arid mesquite savanna. Ecohydrology 3: 20-27


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