Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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  • Arctic migratory birds (Shorebirds, Geese)
  • Climate change
  • GPS-tracking
  • Stable isotopes

Dr. Thomas Lameris


Research interests

I am an ecologist with a passion for migratory birds and the Arctic, with a special focus on the Russian Arctic. My main research focus is to study how climate warming impacts fitness of migrants, and whether they are capable to adjust timing decisions in a warming climate. To do so, I study animals and their food using long-term tracking and reproduction data, field experiments and models. I am interested in a wide range of species, including shorebirds (Red Knots, Grey Plovers, Turnstones), geese (Barnacle Geese, Brent Geese) and Arctic migratory birds in general.

Current projects

Since April 2021 I work as a Veni laureate to find out whether Red Knots can adjust timing of migratory departure from the Wadden Sea, and whether they are limited by available food. I study this using experiments on captive birds in combination with tracking of wild birds.

Also, I am involved in a consortium where we study how climate warming impacts fitness and spatial distributions of a range of Arctic migratory bird species, in order to find out which species are more vulnerable.

Finally, I am still involved in other projects, including studies on the impacts of changing food phenology on chick growth, and on migration timing of Barnacle Geese.



2021 - current:  Veni-fellow at NIOZ

2018 - 2020:      Postdoctoral researcher at NIOZ (NWO Polar Programme)

2013 - 2018:      PhD-student at NIOO-KNAW / Universiy of Amsterdam (NWO Polar Programme)



Lameris, T. K., van der Jeugd, H. P., Eichhorn, G., Dokter, A. M., Bouten, W., Boom, M. P., … Nolet, B. A. (2018). Arctic Geese Tune Migration to a Warming Climate but Still Suffer from a Phenological Mismatch. Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.077

Lameris, T. K., Scholten, I., Bauer, S., Cobben, M. M. P., Ens, B. J., & Nolet, B. A. (2017). Potential for an Arctic-breeding migratory bird to adjust spring migration phenology to Arctic amplification. Global Change Biology, 23(10), 4058–4067. doi:10.1111/gcb.13684

Lameris, T. K., Jochems, F., van der Graaf, A. J., Andersson, M., Limpens, J., & Nolet, B. A. (2017). Forage plants of an Arctic-nesting herbivore show larger warming response in breeding than wintering grounds, potentially disrupting migration phenology. Ecology and Evolution, 7(8), 2652–2660. doi:10.1002/ece3.2859

Lameris, T. K., De Jong, M.E., Boom, M.P., van der Jeugd, H.P., Litvin, K.E., Loonen, M.J.J.E., Nolet, B.A., & Prop, J. (2019). Climate warming may affect the optimal timing of reproduction for migratory geese differently in the low and high Arctic. Oecologia, 191(4, 1003-1014. doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04533-7

Lameris, T. K., Dokter, A. M., van der Jeugd, H. P., Bouten, W., Koster, J., Sand, S. H., ... & Nolet, B. A. (2021). Nocturnal foraging lifts time constraints in winter for migratory geese but hardly speeds up fueling. Behavioral Ecology, 32(3), 539-552.

Please find my complete list of (NIOZ-)publications at the bottom of this webpage or on Google Scholar

You can download most of my publications on ResearchGate

You can find my PhD-thesis here


Professional education



Awards and Prizes

2020:             Veni research grant (NWO)
2019:             Wim Dings - de Wielewaal prize for best thesis in ornithology
2018:             Fellow at Biodiversity working group of Arctic Council (CAFF)



Linked news

Wednesday 04 November 2020
Veni grant for studying Climate-proof animal migrations: can individual birds realize earlier departures?
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth 250,000 euros to NIOZ scientist dr. ir. Thomas Lameris from the department of Coastal Systems. The grant allows him to further develop his research ideas on his project  'Climate-proof…
Monday 13 August 2018
Opwarming Russische toendra treft kanoetenkuiken
Kanoeten, of kanoetstrandlopers, zijn Arctische trekvogels, net als brandganzen en drieteenstrandlopers. Ze trekken vanuit hun zomerbroedgebied in het Noordpoolgebied via de Waddenzee naar hun overwinteringsgebied in de West-Afrikaanse tropen.…

Linked blogs

Tuesday 16 May 2023
Ecologisch onderzoek in de Waddenzee, 2023
Onderzoekers van het NIOZ volgen al jaren wat er gebeurt met het leven in de Waddenzee. Sommige datasets zijn al langer dan 30 jaar. Veranderingen in het bodemleven worden in kaart gebracht met het SIBES-project. Elk jaar worden dieren in ruim 5.000…
Monday 23 September 2019
KNOTS | NIOZ Expedition to Siberia
The second expedition to northern Siberia to study Arctic-warming effects on red knots took place in the summer of 2019. Jan van Gils wrote a photo-blog about the experiences of the Dutch-Russian team on this NWO-NPP funded project.

NIOZ publications

  • 2023
    Boom, M.P.; Lameris, T.K.; Schreven, K.H.T.; Buitendijk, N.H.; Moonen, S.; de Vries, P.P.; Zaynagutdinova, E.M.; Nolet, B.A.; van der Jeugd, H.P.; Eichhorn, G. (2023). Year-round activity levels reveal diurnal foraging constraints in the annual cycle of migratory and non-migratory barnacle geese. Oecologia 202(2): 287-298.
    Boom, M.P.; Schreven, K.H.T.; Buitendijk, N.H.; Moonen, S.; Nolet, B.A.; Eichhorn, G.; van der Jeugd, H.P.; Lameris, T.K. (2023). Earlier springs increase goose breeding propensity and nesting success at Arctic but not at temperate latitudes. J. Anim. Ecol. 92(12): 2399-2411.
  • 2022
    Caliendo, V.; Lewis, N. S.; Pohlmann, A.; Baillie, S. R.; Banyard, A. C.; Beer, M.; Brown, I. H.; Fouchier, R. A. M.; Hansen, R. D. E.; Lameris, T. K.; Lang, A. S.; Laurendeau, S.; Lung, O.; Robertson, G.; van der Jeugd, H.; Alkie, T. N.; Thorup, K.; van Toor, M. L.; Waldenström, J.; Yason, C.; Kuiken, T.; Berhane, Y. (2022). Transatlantic spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 by wild birds from Europe to North America in 2021. NPG Scientific Reports 12: 11729.
    Kölzsch, A.; Lameris, T.K.; Müskens, G.J.D.M.; Schreven, K.H.T.; Buitendijk, N.H.; Kruckenberg, H.; Moonen, S.; Heinicke, T.; Cao, L.; Madsen, J.; Wikelski, M.; Nolet, B.A. (2023). Wild goose chase: Geese flee high and far, and with aftereffects from New Year's fireworks. Conserv. Lett. 16(1): e12927.
    Lameris, T.K.; Pokrovskaya, O.B.; Kondratyev, A.V.; Anisimov, Y.A.; Buitendijk, N.H.; Glazov, P.M.; van der Jeugd, H.P.; Kampichler, C.; Kruckenberg, H.; Litvin, K.E.; Loshchagina, J.A.; Moonen, S.; Müskens, G.J.D; Nolet, B.A.; Schreven, K.H.T.; Sierdsema, H.; Zaynagutdinova, E.M.; Boom, M.P. (2022). Barnacle geese Branta leucopsis breeding on Novaya Zemlya: current distribution and population size estimated from tracking data. Polar Biol. 46(1): 67-76.
    Lameris, T.K.; Tomkovich, P.S.; Johnson, J.A.; Morisson, R.I.G.; Tulp, I.; Lisovski, S.; DeCicco, L.; Dementyev, M.; Gill, R.E.; ten Horn, J.; Piersma, T.; Pohlen, Z.; Schekkerman, H.; Soloviev, M.; Syroechkovsky, E.E.; Zhemchuzhnikov, M.K.; van Gils, J.A. (2022). Mismatch‐induced growth reductions in a clade of Arctic‐breeding shorebirds are rarely mitigated by increasing temperatures. Glob. Chang. Biol. 28(3): 829-847.
  • 2021
    Lameris, T.K.; Dokter, A.M.; van der Jeugd, H.P.; Bouten, W.; Koster, J.; Sand, S.H.H.; Westerduin, C.; Nolet, B.A. (2021). Nocturnal foraging lifts time constraints in winter for migratory geese but hardly speeds up fueling. Behav. Ecol. 32(3): 539-552.
    Lameris, T.K.; Hoekendijk, J.; Aarts, G.; Aarts, A.; Allen, A.M.; Bienfait, L.; Bijleveld, A.I.; Bongers, M.F.; Brasseur, S.; Chan, Y.-C.; de Ferrante, F.; de Gelder, J.; Derksen, H.; Dijkgraaf, L.; Dijkhuis, L.R.; Dijkstra, S.; Elbertsen, G.; Ernsten, R.; Foxen, T.; Gaarenstroom, J.; Gelhausen, A.; van Gils, J.A.; Grosscurt, S.; Grundlehner, A.; Hertlein, M.L.; van Heumen, A.J.P.; Heurman, M.; Huffeldt, N.P.; Hutter, W.H.; Kamstra, Y.J.J.; Keij, F.; van Kempen, S.; Keurntjes, G.; Knap, H.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Nolet, B.A.; Nuijten, R.J.M.; Mattijssen, D.; Oosterhoff, H.; Paarlberg, N.; Parekh, M.; Pattyn, J.; Polak, C.; Quist, Y.; Ras, S.; Reneerkens, J.; Ruth, S.; van der Schaar, E.; Schroen, G.; Spikman, F.; van Velzen, J.; Voorn, E.; Vos, J.; Wang, D.; Westdijk, W.; Wind, M.; Zhemchuzhnikov, M.K.; van Langevelde, F. (2021). Migratory vertebrates shift migration timing and distributions in a warming Arctic. Animal Migration 8(1): 110-131.
    Zhemchuzhnikov, M.K.; Versluijs, T.S.L.; Lameris, T.K.; Reneerkens, J.; Both, C.; van Gils, J.A. (2021). Exploring the drivers of variation in trophic mismatches: A systematic review of long‐term avian studies. Ecol. Evol. 11(9): 3710-3725.
  • 2020
    Fokkema, W.; van der Jeugd, H.P.; Lameris, T.K.; Dokter, A.M.; Ebbinge, B.S.; de Roos, A.M.; Nolet, B.A.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H. (2020). Ontogenetic niche shifts as a driver of seasonal migration. Oecologia 193(2): 285-297.
    Nolet, B.A.; Schreven, K.H.T.; Boom, M.P.; Lameris, T.K. (2020). Contrasting effects of the onset of spring on reproductive success of Arctic-nesting geese. The Auk 137(1): ukz063.
  • 2019
    Lameris, T.K.; de Jong; Boom; van der Jeugd; Litvin; Loonen; Nolet, B.A.; Prop, J. (2019). Climate warming may affect the optimal timing of reproduction for migratory geese differently in the low and high Arctic. Oecologia 191(4): 1003-1014.
    Pot, M.T.; de Koning, S.; Westerduin, C.; de Boer, W.F.; Shariati, M.; Lameris, T.K. (2019). Wintering geese trade-off energetic gains and costs when switching from agricultural to natural habitats. Ardea 107(2): 183.