Dr Chloe Sato

BSc (Media&Communications) (Hons); MTeach
Honorary Lecturer

I completed both my undergraduate and honours degree at the University of Sydney, with a focus on terrestrial ecology. 

Under the supervision of Prof. Chris Dickman, I gained my first class honours with a thesis that investigated the foraging ecology of the Lesser Hairy-Footed Dunnart in the Simpson Desert. 

Soon after completing my honours, I completed a Masters in Teaching (Secondary Science), at the University of Sydney and taught at several high schools in the Sydney region prior to moving to Canberra. 

I was lucky enough to be offered the Glenn Sanecki Alpine Scholarship at ANU in 2010 and have been working in the mountains since then to improve our understanding of alpine-subalpine skinks.

Research interests

Surrogate Ecology - how can we improve the use and utility of surrogates for land managers?

Ecosystem Collapse - is ecosystem collapse predictable? Can collapse be avoided?

Applied Ecology - how can we manage ecosystems to balance human use with biodiversity conservation?

Recreation and Alpine Ecology - what impacts do ski resorts have on wildlife? how can current ski resort management practices be modified to improve threatened species conservation?

  • Sato, C & Lindenmayer, D 2017, 'Meeting the Global Ecosystem Collapse Challenge', Conservation Letters.
  • Schroder, M & Sato, C 2017, 'An evaluation of small-mammal use of constructed wildlife crossings in ski resorts', Wildlife Research, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 259-268pp..
  • Sato, C, Wood, J, Stein, J et al 2016, 'Natural tree regeneration in agricultural landscapes: The implications of intensification', Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, vol. 230, pp. 98-104.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Messier, C & Sato, C 2016, 'Avoiding ecosystem collapse in managed forest ecosystems', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 561-568.
  • Barton, P, Sato, C, Kay, G et al 2016, 'Effects of environmental variation and livestock grazing on ant community structure in temperate eucalypt woodlands', Insect Conservation and Diversity, 9(2), 124-134.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, Sato, C et al 2016, 'Herbivory and fire interact to affect forest understory habitat, but not its use by small vertebrates', Animal Conservation, 19, 15-25.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, Sato, C et al 2015, 'Synergistic interactions between fire and browsing drive plant diversity in a forest understorey', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1112-1123.
  • Foster, C, Sato, C, Lindenmayer, D et al 2016, 'Integrating theory into disturbance interaction experiments to better inform ecosystem management', Global Change Biology, 22, 1325-1335.
  • Sato, C, Wood, J, Schroder, M et al 2014, 'The impacts of ski resorts on reptiles: a natural experiment', Animal Conservation, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 313-322.
  • Sato, C, Wood, J, Schroder, M et al 2014, 'An experiment to test key hypotheses of the drivers of reptile distribution in subalpine ski resorts', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 13-22.
  • Sato, C, Wood, J, Schroder, M et al 2014, 'Designing for conservation outcomes: The value of remnant habitat for reptiles on ski runs in subalpine landscapes', Landscape Ecology, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 1225-1236.
  • Sato, C, Schroder, M, Green, K et al 2014, 'Managing ski resorts to improve biodiversity conservation: Australian reptiles as a case study', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 147-154.
  • Sato, C, Wood, J & Lindenmayer, D 2013, 'The Effects of Winter Recreation on Alpine and Subalpine Fauna: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 8, no. 5, pp. e64282-e64282.