Chris’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, the discovery of a new species of seabird in Chile (Pincoya storm-petrel) and research into another storm-petrel in the Galapagos. 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) published by DOC. 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 here through BirdLife International’s New Zealand partner, Forest & Bird. He is currently on a contract to BirdLife International assisting the development of the Pacific Petrels in Petrel initiative.