Masters Students (Dissertation)

Chris Jones

Chris Jones
BSc (Hons) (UKZN)

Currently based on Marion Island


I grew up in KwaZulu-Natal, having spent much of my childhood visiting national parks I developed an appreciation of nature that instilled a passion for outdoor adventure and living in remote places. I completed a B.Sc. in Zoology in 2011 at the University of Pretoria followed by an Honours degree in 2012 at University of KwaZulu-Natal with a research project on African Penguins. After this I completed an NRF internship in at the Coastal Research Group at the CSIR in Durban. I wanted to pursue my interest in seabirds further and joined the Fitz in 2014 as a seabird field researcher for the 60th over-wintering expedition to Gough Island. I then satiated my island fever by taking up a position as a conservation officer for a year with the Island Conservation Society in Seychelles. I am now a Fitz seabird field researcher at Marion Island for the 74th over-wintering expedition. I am also currently writing up the findings of my MSc. on the ecological segregation of the Prions (Pachyptilla) breeding on Gough Island.


Ecological segregation of Pachyptilla spp. breeding on Gough Island.

Scientific Publications:


Bond, A., Risi, M.M., Jones, C.W., and Ryan, P. G. 2015. Potential for primary poisoning of a critically endangered land bird during rodent eradication operations at Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha. PeerJ Pre-Prints. DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.1744v2.

Ryan, P.G., Ferreira, C., Perold, V., Osborne, A. & Jones, C.W. 2015. Failure to launch: evidence of protracted parental care in albatrosses. Seabird 28: 48-51.

Jones, C.W., Risi, M.M., Kuntz, W., Ryan, P.G., Steinfurth, A., and Bond, A.L. 2015. Bill deformities in penguins (Spheniscidae). Marine Ornithology 43: 207–209.

Ryan, P.G., Dilley, B.J., Jones, C.W. and Bond, A.L. 2015. Blue Petrels Halobaena caerulea discovered breeding on Gough Island. Ostrich 86: 193-194.

Newman, B., Van Ballegooyen, R., Weerts, S., Jones, C. and Omarjee, A. 2014. Definition of turbidity and suspended solids concentration thresholds for dredging compliance monitoring in and near Richards Bay. CSIR Report CSIR/NRE/ECOS/ER/2014/00XX/B. 46pp.

Newman, B., Jones, C., Omarjee, A., Ngcingwana, N. and Parsons, G. 2013. Laboratory-Produced turbidity-total suspended solids concentration relationship for dredging compliance monitoring in the Ngqura Area of Algoa Bay. CSIR Report CSIR/NRE/ECOS/ER/2013/0059/B. 13pp.