Dr Mark Ooi
PhD UOW, MSc (Hons) UOW, Bachelor of Environmental Science, UOW
- Honorary/Visiting Fellow
- Seed ecology – dormancy, germination and seed bank dynamics
- Plant ecology – including fire-driven dynamics
- Impacts of climate change
- Conservation biology
Please see www.markooi.com for more information on my research
Doxford S.W., Ooi M.K.J. & Freckleton R.P. (2013) Spatial and temporal variability in positive and negative plant-bryophyte interactions along a latitudinal gradient. Journal of Ecology 101, 465-474.
Thompson K. & Ooi M.K.J. (2013) Germination and dormancy breaking: two different things. Seed Science Research 23, 1.
Ooi M.K.J. (2012) Seed bank persistence and climate change. Seed Science Research 22, S53-S60.
Swab R.M., Regan H.M., Keith D.A., Regan T.J., Ooi M.K.J. (2012) Niche models tell half the story: spatial context and life history traits influence species responses to climate change. Journal of Biogeography 39, 1266-1277.
Ooi M.K.J., Auld T.D. & Denham A.J. (2012) Projected soil temperature increase and seed dormancy response along an altitudinal gradient: implications for seed bank persistence under climate change. Plant and Soil 353, 289-303.
Thompson K. & Ooi M.K.J. (2010) To germinate or not to germinate: more than just a question of dormancy. Seed Science Research 20, 209-211.
Santana V.M., Bradstock R.A., Ooi M.K.J., Denham A.J., Auld T.D. & Baeza M.J. (2010) Effects of soil temperature regimes after fire on seed dormancy and germination in six Australian Fabaceae species. Australian Journal of Botany 58, 539-545.
Ooi M.K.J. (2010) Delayed emergence and post-fire recruitment success: effects of seasonal germination, fire season and dormancy type. Australian Journal of Botany 58, 248-256.
Auld T.D., Hutton I., Ooi M.K.J. & Denham A.J. (2010) Disruption of recruitment in two endemic palms on Lord Howe Island by invasive rats. Biological Invasions 12, 3351-3361.
Ooi M.K.J., Auld T.D. & Denham A.J. (2009) Climate change and bet-hedging: interactions between increased soil temperatures and seed bank persistence. Global Change Biology 15, 2375 – 2386.
Auld T.D. & Ooi M.K.J. (2009) Heat increases germination of water-permeable seeds of obligate-seeding Darwinia species (Myrtaceae). Plant Ecology 200, 117-127.
Ooi M.K.J. (2007) Dormancy classification and potential dormancy-breaking cues for shrub species from fire-prone south-eastern Australia. In: Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology (eds S.W. Adkins, S. Ashmore and S.C. Navie), pp. 205-216. CAB International, Wallingford.
Ooi M.K.J., Auld T.D. & Whelan R.J. (2007) Soil seed bank longevity of three shrub species from south-eastern Australia: distinguishing between dormancy and persistence in a fire-prone region. Journal of Vegetation Science 18, 405-412.
Please refer to www.markooi.com for full publication list
Current PhD students
- Alice Hudson The relative importance of genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity as determinants of germination in the face of climate change (co-supervised with David Ayre (UOW) and Tony Auld from the Office of Environment & Heritage)
- Berin Mackenzie The role of seasonal and fire cues in dormancy and germination of Boronia (Rutaceae): implications for population persistence under a changing climate (based at University of NSW, joint-supervisors David Keith and Tony Auld)
- Ganesha Liyanage - TBA
Future Topics for Students
I am happy to discuss any ideas for future projects and have a particular interest in:
- Seed dormancy and germination – including fire and/or seasonal cues
- The impact of climate change on plant population dynamics
- The impact of all aspects of the fire regime on plant population dynamics
Academic and Research Appointments
- ARC Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, 2011 - present
- Research Associate, Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK, 2007 – 2011
- Research Scientist, Plant Ecology Unit, Department of Environment & Climate Change (NSW), 2006 – 2008
- Project Officer (Research), Scientific Committee/Plant Ecology Unit, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Australia, 1998 – 2003
- PhD (APAI Scholar, Department of Environment & Climate Change/University of Wollongong) 2007
- MSc (Hons), University of Wollongong, 2003
- Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of Wollongong, 1990