CIE Seminar Series – 2019: joint seminar, presented by Dr Kate Watermeyer (Modelling, what is it good for? Supporting ecosystem-based conservation) and Dr Chloe Sato (Life as an ECR: alpine reptiles, agri-environment schemes, biodiversity indicators and ecosystem collapse)

SPEAKERS: Dr Kate Watermeyer & Dr Chloe Sato, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, The Conservation Science Research Group, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 4th October 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

DR KATE WATERMEYER: Modelling, what is it good for? Supporting ecosystem-based conservation.


An ecosystem-based approach to conservation and management offers great potential to address large-scale threats and interactions missed by a more traditional species-focused approach, but it’s not without its challenges. Models can go a long way towards tackling some of these difficulties, from understanding system dynamics, to testing the indicators used to monitor states and trends and inform management decisions.

In this talk I’ll briefly discuss some of the approaches I’ve been involved in over my PhD and time as a postdoc, here at Deakin and elsewhere, working on marine and terrestrial ecosystem change and biodiversity indicators.


Kate is a Research Fellow in Emily Nicholson’s Conservation Science group at Deakin (Burwood), working together on developing and testing biodiversity indicators for conservation and monitoring.

She is an ecologist with a background in marine biology, oceanography and atmosphere science, previously based at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, and in the Global Change Biology Group at Stellenbosch University, both South Africa.

Her research interests include biodiversity indicators, ecosystem modelling, and drivers of system-level change.

DR CHLOE SATO: Life as an ECR: alpine reptiles, agri-environment schemes, biodiversity indicators and ecosystem collapse.


This isn’t your ‘traditional’ research talk… Dr Chloe Sato is going to fly through her 5-year history as an ECR both within and outside academia.

It’s been a wild ride of experimental manipulations to understand alpine reptile ecology, assessing agri-environment scheme effectiveness, investigating theoretical and practical applications of biodiversity indicators, exploring ecosystem collapse and risk assessments, and finding ways to use this knowledge in government.

By the end of this talk, Chloe is hoping you know her a little better, what she’s doing now, her broad research motivations, and that it encourages discussions to shape her research over the next three years.


Dr Chloe Sato has recently joined the lab of Associate Professor Emily Nicholson and is exploring ecosystem risk assessments in alpine systems under changing climate regimes. She has previously worked for ACT Government and NSW Government as part of the Environmental Offsets Team and Saving Our Species Team respectively.

Before her time in government, she was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University with Professor David Lindenmayer and conducted research in the areas of biodiversity surrogates, ecosystem collapse and assessing the effectiveness of agri-environment schemes in temperate woodlands.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Chloe Sato ( or Kate Watermeyer (

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