Chris Gaskin

Chris Gaskin has worked with seabirds in northern New Zealand for 15 years, first through observing them at sea, then through island visits and surveys including a leading role in finding the breeding site of the New Zealand storm-petrel. Since 2006, his research has included Kermadec seabirds, with a focus on the return of seabirds to Raoul Island in the wake of eradication of rats and cats in 2003. This included finding two of the Kermadec’s smallest birds - the Kermadec storm petrel and Kermadec little shearwater - back on Raoul in 2015. He’s fascinated by seabirds’ lives and their capabilities and enjoys telling their stories. Chris was one of the inaugural winners of the Holdaway Environment Award 2013 (Hauraki Gulf Forum) for his advocacy for seabirds and contributions to conservation and research. Chris is project co-ordinator for the Northern NZ Seabird Trust.