Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
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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. My main research focus is to study the ability of migrants to keep up with current Arctic climate warming. I study animals and their food using long-term tracking and reproduction data, field experiments and models.

Current projects

Currently I am studying the effect of climate warming on body size and growth. I investigate this for a migratory shorebird, the Red Knot, which breeds on the Arctic tundra of the Taimyr Peninsula in Northern Russia. Here I follow Red Knot chicks to find out how growth is affected by varying climatic conditions and food availabillity.

Besides my work on Red Knots, I am investigating the effects of climate warming on migration timing and reproductive success for Arctic migratory birds in general.



2018 - current:  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., Brown, J. S., Kleyheeg, E., Jansen, P. A., & van Langevelde, F. (2018). Nest defensibility decreases home-range size in central place foragers. Behavioral Ecology, (June), 1–8. doi:10.1093/beheco/ary077

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, Early Online. doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04533-7

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

You can download all my publications on ResearchGate

You can find my PhD-thesis here


Professional education



Awards and Prizes

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

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

Linked projects

Jan van Gils
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project duration
1 Feb 2018 - 31 Jan 2022