Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Mr T.K. (Thomas) Lameris MSc

PhD Candidate
  • Faculty of Science
    Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94248
    1090 GE  Amsterdam

My main interests lie in the topic of climate change, and how migratory birds are able to adjust timing of migration and reproduction to a warming environment. I focus on Arctic-breeding birds, as the Arctic is the most rapidly warming region worldwide. For migratory birds, this means that their breeding grounds are subject to more rapid changes than their temperate and tropical wintering grounds, which could limit their abillity to cope with these changes. In this project, we follow an Arctic migratory birds, the Barnacle Goose, from its wintering grounds in the Netherlands to its breeding grounds in Arctic Russia to study whether they are able to adjust timing of migration to climate warming.

I am mostly based on the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen, where I work in collaboration with prof. dr. Bart Nolet and dr. Henk van der Jeugd. In this project we intensively collaborate with prof. dr. Willem Bouten at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, from which we use their UvA-BiTS trackers to follow barnacle geese on their migration.


Barnacle Goose with GPS-tracker


Dokter, A. M., Loon, E. E., Fokkema, W., Lameris, T. K., Nolet, B. A., & Jeugd, H. P. (2017). Analyzing time‐ordered event data with missed observations. Ecology and evolution.

Lameris, T. K., Scholten, I., Bauer, S., Cobben, M. M., 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.

Lameris, T. K., Jochems, F., 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 evolution7(8), 2652-2660.


Lameris, T. K., Bennett, J. R., Blight, L. K., Giesen, M., Janssen, M. H., Schaminée, J. J., & Arcese, P. (2016). A century of ecosystem change: human and seabird impacts on plant species extirpation and invasion on islands. PeerJ4, e2208.

Lameris, T. K., Fijen, T. P., Urazaliev, R., Pulikova, G., Donald, P. F., & Kamp, J. (2016). Breeding ecology of the endemic Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis on natural steppe and abandoned croplands in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Biodiversity and Conservation25(12), 2381-2400.

Fijen, T. P., Kamp, J., Lameris, T. K., Pulikova, G., Urazaliev, R., Kleijn, D., & Donald, P. F. (2015). Functions of extensive animal dung “pavements” around the nests of the Black Lark (Melanocorypha yeltoniensis). The Auk132(4), 878-892.



  • 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, 28(15), 2467-2473. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.077 



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