Tim van der Meer

I am a keen field ecologist that got infected with the Ammarnäs virus. I received my MSc in ecology & evolution at the University of Amsterdam. Birds are my main passion, but they are shortly followed by mammals, butterflies and everything that lives and breathes.

Rob introduced me to Ammarnäs in the 2014 field season, bringing me along for my MSc thesis project on Long-tailed Skua aggressive nest behavior. The combination of intense field days, spectacular views, wildlife watching, bird ringing and instant coffee stuck with me, and I knew I had to come back! The 2015 season was absolutely amazing, with good Lemming numbers, plenty of breeding birds and satisfyingly successful data collection.

For me, the most appealing bird of the high Scandinavian tundra is the Eurasian Dotterel. In the 2018 season, Christian and I decided we need to express our special connection to this bird by starting up the Dotterel research project.


Christian and I wearing the new “Miracle Mountain” t-shirt, and me after another amazing field day in Ammarnäs.