Rui Ying Rachel Oh

Academic Staff

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Puschstraße 4
04103 Leipzig

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Rachel Oh


Research Interests

I specialise in interdisciplinary research that aims to deliver solutions to address real-world environmental problems. I believe that successful conservation solutions must involve working with nature and engaging with humans if they are to succeed. Currently, I am focused on investigating the inter-relationships between people’s nature/biodiversity experiences, connection to nature, environmentally protective attitudes/behaviour and health and wellbeing outcomes. I am particularly keen on investigating these relationships in the context of extreme urbanisation and climate change, and would love to extend research to South America, African and Asian cities. I very much enjoy drawing on public health, epidemiological and conservation disciplines to strengthen the evidence base for nature-health studies, and to develop policies and strategies that will benefit both people and nature. Do reach out if you’d like to chat more!


Scientific Career

since April 2021

Post-doctoral Researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

2015 - 2018

Urban Ecology Researcher; National Parks Board of Singapore - my research focused on (i) using conservation genetics to mitigate extinction lag in bird species; (ii) improving outdoor thermal comfort in tropical greenspaces; and (iii) investigating the inter-relationships between greenspace use and health and wellbeing outcomes

2018 - 2021

PhD - University of Queensland (Biological Sciences)
Thesis: The interplay among nature experiences, nature connection, social influences, and health and wellbeing outcomes

2013 - 2014

Master of Philosophy - National University of Singapore (Geography)
Thesis: Surface elevation is a predictor of mangrove rehabilitation success in Indonesia

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - National University of Singapore (Biological Sciences)
Thesis: Biotic and abiotic barriers to natural forest succession on American Samoa


Publications

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2021 (2)

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2021 (2)

  • Amano, T., Berdejo-Espinola, V., Christie, A.P., Willott, K., Akasaka, M., Báldi, A., Berthinussen, A., Bertolino, S., Bladon, A.J., Chen, M., Choi, C.-Y., Bou Dagher Kharrat, M., de Oliveira, L.G., Farhat, P., Golivets, M., Hidalgo Aranzamendi, N., Jantke, K., Kajzer-Bonk, J., Çisel Kemahlı Aytekin, M., Khorozyan, I., Kito, K., Konno, K., Lin, D.-L., Littlewood, N., Liu, Y., Liu, Y., Loretto, M.-C., Marconi, V., Martin, P.A., Morgan, W.H., Narváez-Gómez, J.P., Negret, P.J., Nourani, E., Ochoa Quintero, J.M., Ockendon, N., Oh, R.Y.R., Petrovan, S.O., Piovezan-Borges, A.C., Pollet, I.L., Ramos, D.L., Reboredo Segovia, A.L., Rivera-Villanueva, A.N., Rocha, R., Rouyer, M.-M., Sainsbury, K.A., Schuster, R., Schwab, D., Şekercioğlu, Ç.H., Seo, H.-M., Shackelford, G., Shinoda, Y., Smith, R.K., Tao, S.-D., Tsai, M.-S., Tyler, E.H.M., Vajna, F., Valdebenito, J.O., Vozykova, S., Waryszak, P., Zamora-Gutierrez, V., Zenni, R.D., Zhou, W., Sutherland, W.J., (2021):
    Tapping into non-English-language science for the conservation of global biodiversity
    PLoS Biol. 19 (10), e3001296
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  • Oh, R.Y.R., Fielding, K.S., Chang, C.-C., Nghiem, L.T.P., Tan, C.L.Y., Quazi, S.A., Shanahan, D.F., Gaston, K.J., Carrasco, R.L., Fuller, R.A., (2021):
    Health and wellbeing benefits from nature experiences in tropical settings depend on strength of connection to nature
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18 (19), art. 10149
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Further Publications

2021
  • Oh RRY, Fielding KS, Nghiem LTP, Chang C-C, Shanahan DF, Gaston KJ, Carrasco RL & Fuller RA. (2021). Factors influencing nature interactions vary between cities and types of nature interactions. People and Nature. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10181
  • Berdejo-Espinola V, Suarez-Castro AF, Amano T., Fielding KS, Oh RRY & Fuller RA (in press) Urban green spaces during a time of stress: A case study of social resilience during the COVID-pandemic in Brisbane, Australia

2020
  • Oh RRY, Fielding KS, Carrasco RL & Fuller RA. (2020). No evidence of an extinction of experience or emotional disconnect from nature in urban Singapore. People and Nature. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10148
  • Nghiem LTP, Zhang Y, Oh RRY, Chang C-C., Tan CLY, Shanahan DF, Lin BB, Gaston KJ, Fuller RA & Carrasco, L. R. (2021). Equity in green and blue space availability in Singapore. Landscape and Urban Planning, 210, 104083.
  • Tan CLY, Chang C-C., Nghiem LTP, Zhang Y, Oh RRY, Shanahan DF, Lin BB, Gaston KJ, Fuller RA & Carrasco, L. R. (2021). The right mix: Residential urban green-blue space combinations are correlated with physical exercise in a tropical city-state. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 57, 126947. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126947
  • Chang C-C, Oh RRY, Nghiem LTP, Zhang Y, Tan CLY, Lin BB, Gaston KJ, Fuller RA & Carrasco LR. (2020). Life satisfaction linked to the diversity of nature experiences and nature views from the window. Landscape and Urban Planning, 202, 103874. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103874
  • Meng YW, Forcina G, van Grouw H, Oh RRY & Rheindt FE. (2020) Historic and modern genomes unveil a domestic introgression gradient in a wild red junglefowl population. Evolutionary Applications, 00, 1 – 16. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13023
  • Chang C-C, Cheng GJYC, Nghiem LTP, Song XP, Oh RRY, Richards DR & Carrasco LR. (2020) Social media, nature, and life satisfaction: global evidence of the biophilia hypothesis. Scientific Reports, 10, 4125. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60902-w
  • Cros E, Ng EYX, Oh RRY, Tang Q, Benedick S, Edwards D, Tomassi S, Irestedt M, Ericsson P & Rheindt F. (2020) Fine-scale barriers to connectivity across a fragmented Southeast Asian landscape in six songbird species. Evolutionary Applications. 1, 1 – 11. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12918
  • Wanger TC, Ainun N, Brook BW, Friess DA, Oh RRY, Rusdin A, Smithers S & Tjoa A. (2020) Ecosystem-Based Tsunami Mitigation for Tropical Biodiversity Hotspots. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 35(2), 96 – 100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.10.008
  • Richards DR, Law A, Tan CSY, Shaikh SFEB, Carrasco LR, Jaung W & Oh RRY. (2020). Rapid urbanisation in a tropical city-state causes a shift from provisioning and regulating to cultural ecosystem services use over 50 years. Ecosystem Services, 46, 101193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101193

2019 and earlier
  • Richards DR, Masoudi M, Oh RRY, Yando ES, Zhang J, Friess DA, Gret-Regamey A, Tan PY & Edwards P. (2019) Global variation in climate, human development, and population density as implications for urban ecosystem services. Sustainability, 11(22), 6200. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226200
  • Oh RRY, Yee ATK & Richards DR (2018) Community-driven skyrise greenery in a dense tropical city provides biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits. Landscape and Urban Planning, 169, 115 – 123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.08.014
  • Ng EYX, Garg KM, Low GW, Chattopadhyay B, Oh RRY, Lee JGH & Rheindt F (2017) Conservation genomics identifies impact of trade in a threatened songbird. Biological Conservation, 214, 101 – 108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.007
  • Oh RRY, Friess DA & Brown MB (2017) Surface elevation as a predictor of mangrove rehabilitation success in abandoned aquaculture ponds, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Ecological Engineering, 100, 325 – 334. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.12.021
  • Richards DR, Passy P, & Oh RRY (2017) Impacts of population density and wealth on the quantity and structure of urban green space in tropical Southeast Asia. Landscape and Urban Planning, 157, 553-560. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.09.005
  • Friess DA, Phelps J, Leong RC, Lee WK, Wee AKS, Sivasothi N, Oh RRY, Webb WL (2012) Mandai mangrove, Singapore: Lessons for the conservation of Southeast Asia’s mangroves. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 25, 55 – 65. https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/app/uploads/2017/06/s25rbz055-065.pdf