Mark Ooi is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Centre for Ecosystem Science, part of the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UNSW. His research interests include fire and plant (particularly seed) ecology. A lot of his work is focused on understanding the mechanistic responses of plant populations to the fire regime, threatened species conservation and the effects of climate change. Mark has developed strong collaborative links with government and conservation agencies and aims to communicate his research findings to on-ground managers and the community. He is a member of the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub and Threatened Species Recovery Hub and is involved in collaborative projects in Europe, China and Brazil, as well as with researchers from across Australia. His group lead multiple projects on subjects including the ecological impacts of fire seasonality and intensity shift, dormancy and germination of native species, threatened plant species conservation, translocation and science communication. Mark is an Associate Editor of the journals American Journal of Botany, Seed Science Research and the Australian Journal of Botany. 

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Publications

Journal articles
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Collette JC; Ooi MKJ, 2020, 'Evidence for physiological seed dormancy cycling in the woody shrub Asterolasia buxifolia and its ecological significance in fire-prone systems', Plant Biology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/plb.13105
2020
Miller RG; Tangney R; Enright NJ; Fontaine JB; Merritt DJ; Ooi MKJ; Ruthrof KX; Miller BP, 2020, 'Fire Seasonality Effect on Post-Fire Wind Dispersal: Response to Keith, Dunker, and Driscoll', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 35, pp. 307, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.12.009
2020
Le Breton TD; Natale S; French K; Gooden B; Ooi MKJ, 2020, 'Fire-adapted traits of threatened shrub species in riparian refugia: implications for fire regime management', Plant Ecology, vol. 221, pp. 69 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11258-019-00993-2
2020
Ooi MKJ, 2019, 'The importance of fire season when managing threatened plant species: A long-term case-study of a rare Leucopogon species (Ericaceae)', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 236, pp. 17 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.01.083
2019
Edwards KM; Schlesinger C; Ooi MKJ; French K; Gooden B, 2019, 'Invasive grass affects seed viability of native perennial shrubs in arid woodlands', Biological Invasions, vol. 21, pp. 1763 - 1774, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-01933-x
2019
Miller RG; Tangney R; Enright NJ; Fontaine JB; Merritt DJ; Ooi MKJ; Ruthrof KX; Miller BP, 2019, 'Mechanisms of Fire Seasonality Effects on Plant Populations', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 34, pp. 1104 - 1117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.07.009
2019
Chua M; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Chilton AM; Ooi MKJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'Bio-priming seeds with cyanobacteria: effects on native plant growth and soil properties', Restoration Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.13040
2019
Cochrane A; Nicotra A; Ooi M, 2019, 'Climate change: alters plant recruitment from seed', AUSTRAL ECOLOGY, vol. 44, pp. 931 - 934, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aec.12728
2019
Saatkamp A; Cochrane A; Commander L; Guja L; Jimenez-Alfaro B; Larson J; Nicotra A; Poschlod P; Silveira FAO; Cross A; Dalziell EL; Dickie J; Erickson TE; Fidelis A; Fuchs A; Golos PJ; Hope M; Lewandrowski W; Merritt DJ; Miller BP; Miller R; Offord CA; Ooi MKJ; Satyanti A; Sommerville KD; Tangney R; Tomlinson S; Turner S; Walck JL, 2019, 'A research agenda for seed-trait functional ecology', New Phytologist, vol. 221, pp. 1764 - 1775, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.15502
2019
Ramos DM; Valls JFM; Borghetti F; Ooi MKJ, 2019, 'Fire cues trigger germination and stimulate seedling growth of grass species from Brazilian savannas', American Journal of Botany, vol. 106, pp. 1190 - 1201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1345
2019
Ma H; Wu H; Ooi MKJ, 2018, 'Within population variation in germination response to smoke cues: convergent recruitment strategies and different dormancy types', Plant and Soil, vol. 427, pp. 281 - 290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-018-3641-6
2018
Liyanage GS; Ooi MKJ, 2018, 'Seed size-mediated dormancy thresholds: A case for the selective pressure of fire on physically dormant species', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 123, pp. 135 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blx117
2018
Muñoz-Rojas M; Chilton A; Liyanage GS; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Neilan BA; Ooi MKJ, 2018, 'Effects of indigenous soil cyanobacteria on seed germination and seedling growth of arid species used in restoration', Plant and Soil, vol. 429, pp. 91 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-018-3607-8
2018
Palmer HD; Denham AJ; Ooi MKJ, 2018, 'Fire severity drives variation in post-fire recruitment and residual seed bank size of Acacia species', Plant Ecology, vol. 219, pp. 527 - 537, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11258-018-0815-5
2018
Feng L; Sundberg S; Ooi MKJ; Wu YH; Wang M; Bu ZJ, 2018, 'Oxygen-deficiency and allelochemicals affect Sphagnum spore persistence in peatlands', Plant and Soil, vol. 432, pp. 403 - 413, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-018-3809-0
2018
Vergnon R; Ooi MKJ; Freckleton RP, 2017, 'Complex relationships between competing guilds along large-scale environmental gradients', American Naturalist, vol. 189, pp. 407 - 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/690765
2017
Collette JC; Ooi MKJ, 2017, 'Germination ecology of the endangered species Asterolasia buxifolia (Rutaceae): Smoke response depends on season and light', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 65, pp. 283 - 291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT17025
2017
Gilpin AM; Collette JC; Denham AJ; Ooi MKJ; Ayre DJ, 2017, 'Do introduced honeybees affect seed set and seed quality in a plant adapted for bird pollination?', Journal of Plant Ecology, vol. 10, pp. 721 - 729, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw064
2017
Ramos DM; Diniz P; Ooi MKJ; Borghetti F; Valls JFM, 2017, 'Avoiding the dry season: dispersal time and syndrome mediate seed dormancy in grasses in Neotropical savanna and wet grasslands', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 28, pp. 798 - 807, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12531
2017
Liyanage GS; Ooi MKJ, 2017, 'Do dormancy-breaking temperature thresholds change as seeds age in the soil seed bank?', Seed Science Research, vol. 27, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960258516000271
2017
Liyanage GS; Ayre DJ; Ooi MKJ, 2016, 'Seedling performance covaries with dormancy thresholds: Maintaining cryptic seed heteromorphism in a fire-prone system', Ecology, vol. 97, pp. 3009 - 3018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1567
2016
Mackenzie BDE; Auld TD; Keith DA; Hui FKC; Ooi MKJ, 2016, 'The effect of seasonal ambient temperatures on fire-stimulated germination of species with physiological dormancy: A case study using Boronia (Rutaceae)', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0156142
2016
Mackenzie BDE; Keith DA; Auld TD; Ooi MKJ, 2016, 'How fire and seasonal temperatures influence the germination of many plant species: Insights from 'Boronia' (Rutaceae)', Australasian Plant Conservation, vol. 25
2016
Liyanage GS; Ooi MKJ, 2016, 'Changes in seed dormancy over time in fire-prone flora', Australasian Plant Conservation, vol. 25, pp. 7 - 9
2016
Ramos DM; Liaffa ABS; Diniz P; Munhoz CBR; Ooi MKJ; Borghetti F; Valls JFM, 2016, 'Seed tolerance to heating is better predicted by seed dormancy than by habitat type in Neotropical savanna grasses', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 25, pp. 1273 - 1280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF16085
2016
Liyanage GS; Ooi MKJ, 2015, 'Intra-population level variation in thresholds for physical dormancy-breaking temperature', Annals of Botany, vol. 116, pp. 123 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcv069
2015
Wang YC; Ooi MKJ; Ren GH; Jiang DM; Musa A; Miao RH; Li XH; Zhou QL; Tang J; Lin JX, 2015, 'Species shifts in above-ground vegetation and the soil seed bank in the inter-dune lowlands of an active dune field in Inner Mongolia, China', Basic and Applied Ecology, vol. 16, pp. 490 - 499, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2015.04.010
2015
Hudson AR; Ayre DJ; Ooi MKJ, 2015, 'Physical dormancy in a changing climate', Seed Science Research, vol. 25, pp. 66 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960258514000403
2015
Ma H; Yang H; Liang Z; Ooi MKJ, 2015, 'Effects of 10-year management regimes on the soil seed bank in saline-alkaline grassland', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0122319
2015
Ooi MKJ, 2015, 'Seed bank dynamics and climate change in semi-arid ecosystems: a focus on physically dormant species', Revista Brasileira de Geografia Física, vol. 8, pp. 651 - 659, http://dx.doi.org/10.5935/1984-2295.20150021
2015
Ma H; Yang H; Lü X; Pan Y; Wu H; Liang Z; Ooi MKJ, 2015, 'Does high pH give a reliable assessment of the effect of alkaline soil on seed germination? A case study with Leymus chinensis (Poaceae)', Plant and Soil, vol. 394, pp. 35 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-015-2487-4
2015
Ooi MKJ; Denham AJ; Santana VM; Auld TD, 2014, 'Temperature thresholds of physically dormant seeds and plant functional response to fire: Variation among species and relative impact of climate change', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 4, pp. 656 - 671, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.973
2014
Tozer MG; Ooi MKJ, 2014, 'Humidity-regulated dormancy onset in the Fabaceae: A conceptual model and its ecological implications for the Australian wattle Acacia saligna', Annals of Botany, vol. 114, pp. 579 - 590, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcu144
2014
Thompson K; Ooi MKJ, 2013, 'Germination and dormancy breaking: Two different things', Seed Science Research, vol. 23, pp. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960258512000190
2013
Doxford SW; Ooi MKJ; Freckleton RP, 2013, 'Spatial and temporal variability in positive and negative plant-bryophyte interactions along a latitudinal gradient', Journal of Ecology, vol. 101, pp. 465 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12036
2013
Swab RM; Regan H; Keith D; Regan T; Ooi MKJ, 2012, 'niche models tall half the story: spatial context and life-history traits influence species responses to global change.', Journal of Biogeography, vol. 39, pp. 1266 - 1277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02690.x
2012
Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Denham AJ, 2012, 'Projected soil temperature increase and seed dormancy response along an altitudinal gradient: Implications for seed bank persistence under climate change', Plant and Soil, vol. 353, pp. 289 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-011-1032-3
2012
Ooi MKJ, 2012, 'Seed bank persistence and climate change', Seed Science Research, vol. 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960258511000407
2012
Ooi MKJ, 2010, 'Delayed emergence and post-fire recruitment success: Effects of seasonal germination, fire season and dormancy type', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 58, pp. 248 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT09228
2010
Thompson K; Ooi MKJ, 2010, 'To germinate or not to germinate: More than just a question of dormancy', Seed Science Research, vol. 20, pp. 209 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960258510000267
2010
Auld TD; Hutton I; Ooi MKJ; Denham AJ, 2010, 'Disruption of recruitment in two endemic palms on Lord Howe Island by invasive rats', Biological Invasions, vol. 12, pp. 3351 - 3361, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-010-9728-5
2010
Santana VM; Bradstock RA; Ooi MKJ; Denham AJ; Auld TD; Baeza MJ, 2010, 'Effects of soil temperature regimes after fire on seed dormancy and germination in six Australian Fabaceae species', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 58, pp. 539 - 545, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT10144
2010
Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Denham AJ, 2009, 'Climate change and bet-hedging: Interactions between increased soil temperatures and seed bank persistence', Global Change Biology, vol. 15, pp. 2375 - 2386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01887.x
2009
Ooi MKJ; Martyn AJ; Offord CA; Seed LU, 2009, 'A review of seed fill, viability and germination: Family Rutaceae', Cunninghamia, vol. 11, pp. 203 - 212
2009
Auld TD; Ooi MKJ, 2009, 'Heat increases germination of water-permeable seeds of obligate-seeding Darwinia species (Myrtaceae)', Plant Ecology, vol. 200, pp. 117 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11258-008-9437-7
2009
Auld TD; Ooi MKJ, 2008, 'Applying seed germination studies in fire management for biodiversity conservation in south-eastern Australia', Web Ecology, vol. 8, pp. 47 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/we-8-47-2008
2008
Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Hutton I; Denham AJ, 2008, 'Herbicide impacts on exotic grasses and a population of the critically endangered herb Calystegia affinis (Convolvulaceae) on Lord Howe Island.', Cunninghamia, vol. 10, pp. 539 - 545
2008
Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Whelan RJ, 2007, 'Distinguishing between persistence and dormancy in soil seed banks of three shrub species from fire-prone southeastern Australia', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 18, pp. 405 - 412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1658/1100-9233(2007)18[405:DBPADI]2.0.CO;2
2007
Burley AL; Phillips S; Ooi MKJ, 2007, 'Can age be predicted from diameter for the obligate seeder Allocasuarina littoralis (Casuarinaceae) by using dendrochronological techniques?', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 55, pp. 433 - 438, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT06160
2007
Ooi MKJ; Whelan RJ; Auld TD, 2006, 'Persistence of obligate-seeding species at the population scale: Effects of fire intensity, fire patchiness and long fire-free intervals', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 15, pp. 261 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF05024
2006
Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Whelan RJ, 2006, 'Dormancy and the fire-centric focus: Germination of three Leucopogon species (Ericaceae) from South-eastern Australia', Annals of Botany, vol. 98, pp. 421 - 430, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcl118
2006
Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Whelan RJ, 2004, 'Delayed post-fire seedling emergence linked to season: A case study with Leucopogon species (Epacridaceae)', Plant Ecology, vol. 174, pp. 183 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:VEGE.0000046171.97671.e6
2004
Ooi M; Auld T; Whelan R, 2004, 'Comparison of the cut and tetrazolium tests for assessing seed viability: A study using Australian native Leucopogon species', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 5, pp. 141 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-8903.2004.201-6.x
2004
Keith DA; Auld TD; Ooi MKJ; MacKenzie BDE, 2000, 'Sensitivity analyses of decision rules in World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List criteria using Australian plants', Biological Conservation, vol. 94, pp. 311 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(99)00194-9
2000
Book Chapters
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Ooi MKJ; Auld TD; Beaumont LJ; Bradstock RA, 2017, 'Climate influence over vegetation pattern and process', in Keith DA (ed.), Australian Vegetation, Cambridge University Press, pp. 182 - 206
2017
Auld TD; Ooi MKJ, 2017, 'Plant life cycles above- and below-ground', in Keith DA (ed.), Australian Vegetation, Cambridge University Press, pp. 230 - 253
2017
Ooi MKJ, 2007, 'Dormancy classification and potential dormancybreaking cues for shrub species from fire-prone South-eastern Australia', in Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology, pp. 205 - 216
2007
Other
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Ooi MKJ, 2014, Seed Ecology, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0086
2014
Brown CL; Hall F; Mills J (eds.), 2003, Assessing rarity and the risk of extinction of plant species
2003