Chris Gaskin

Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust New Zealand

Chris Gaskin’s seabird research has involved a lot of time at sea amassing seabird observations, and together with visits to island locations, provided much-needed information about seabird populations in northern New Zealand.

His collaborative efforts in perfecting at-sea capture techniques has led to the discovery of the breeding site for the NZ Storm-petrel Fregetta maoriana, the discovery of a new species of seabird in Chile (Pincoya Storm-petrel Oceanites pincoyae) and research into another storm-petrel in the Galapagos (White-vented Storm-petrel Oceanites gracilis galapagoensis).

Chris is a founding Trustee of the Northern NZ Seabird Trust with its goals of supporting seabird research and restoration projects. He is the author of the Seabirds of the Kermadec region: their natural history and conservation (2013) and (with Dr. Matt Rayner) Seabirds of the Hauraki Gulf: natural history, research & conservation.

For the past three years Chris has worked as the coordinator of the Important Bird Area (IBA) programme for New Zealand seabirds, a global programme administered in New Zealand through BirdLife International’s partner, Forest & Bird.

He is currently on contract to BirdLife International assisting the development of the Pacific Petrels in Petrel initiative with its emphasis on improving communication & resource sharing across national boundaries. This is an initiative that includes researchers, conservation managers and community representatives and others as appropriate.