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Dr. Thomas Felis

Research Staff


MARUM Director


+49 421 218-65751


+49 421 218-65505



MARUM I, 3080

Thomas Felis

Research in Coral Paleoclimatology

I am using annually-banded shallow-water corals to reconstruct past changes in temperatures and hydroclimate across the tropics to subtropics. I am interested in ocean-atmosphere interactions at timescales from seasons to decades, from millennia to hundred thousands of years. By using fossil corals of the Holocene, the last glacial and interglacial, my research focuses on modes of climate variability and integrates coral paleoclimate data with climate model output to understand processes driving past and future climate change.

Selected Publications

Felis, T and Mudelsee, M (2019) Pacing of Red Sea deep water renewal during the last centuries. Geophysical Research Letters, 46. 4413-4420. doi:10.1029/2019GL082756 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Felis, T, Ionita, M, Rimbu, N, Lohmann, G and Kölling, M (2018) Mild and arid climate in the eastern Sahara-Arabian Desert during the late Little Ice Age. Geophysical Research Letters, 45. 7112-7119. doi:10.1029/2018GL078617 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Fischer, H, Meissner, KJ, Mix, AC, Abram, NJ, Austermann, J, Brovkin, V, Capron, E, Colombaroli, D, Daniau, AL, Dyez, KA, Felis, T, Finkelstein, SA, Jaccard, SL, McClymont, EL, Rovere, A, Sutter, J, Wolff, EW, Affolter, S, Bakker, P, Ballesteros-Cánovas, JA, Barbante, C, Caley, T, Carlson, AE, Churakova, O, Cortese, G, Cumming, BF, Davis, BAS, de Vernal, A, Emile-Geay, J, Fritz, SC, Gierz, P, Gottschalk, J, Holloway, MD, Joos, F, Kucera, M, Loutre, MF, Lunt, DJ, Marcisz, K, Marlon, JR, Martinez, P, Masson-Delmotte, V, Nehrbass-Ahles, C, Otto-Bliesner, BL, Raible, CC, Risebrobakken, B, Sánchez Goñi, MF, Arrigo, JS, Sarnthein, M, Sjolte, J, Stocker, TF, Velasquez Alvárez, PA, Tinner, W, Valdes, PJ, Vogel, H, Wanner, H, Yan, Q, Yu, Z, Ziegler, M and Zhou, L (2018) Palaeoclimate constraints on the impact of 2 °C anthropogenic warming and beyond. Nature Geoscience, 11(7). 474-485. doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0146-0

Felis, T, Giry, C, Scholz, D, Lohmann, G, Pfeiffer, M, Pätzold, J, Kölling, M and Scheffers, SR (2015) Tropical Atlantic temperature seasonality at the end of the last interglacial. Nature Communications, 6. 6159. doi:10.1038/ncomms7159 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Felis, T, McGregor, HV, Linsley, BK, Tudhope, AW, Gagan, MK, Suzuki, A, Inoue, M, Thomas, AL, Esat, TM, Thompson, WG, Tiwari, M, Potts, DC, Mudelsee, M, Yokoyama, Y and Webster, JM (2014) Intensification of the meridional temperature gradient in the Great Barrier Reef following the Last Glacial Maximum. Nature Communications, 5. 4102. doi:10.1038/ncomms5102 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Felis, T, Merkel, U, Asami, R, Deschamps, P, Hathorne, EC, Kölling, M, Bard, E, Cabioch, G, Durand, N, Prange, M, Schulz, M, Cahyarini, SY and Pfeiffer, M (2012) Pronounced interannual variability in tropical South Pacific temperatures during Heinrich Stadial 1. Nature Communications, 3. 965. doi:10.1038/ncomms1973 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Felis, T, Lohmann, G, Kuhnert, H, Lorenz, SJ, Scholz, D, Pätzold, J, Al-Rousan, S and Al-Moghrabi, SM (2004) Increased seasonality in Middle East temperatures during the last interglacial period. Nature, 429(6988). 164-168. doi:10.1038/nature02546 PANGAEA Supplementary Data


Tropical coral archives – Reconstructions of climate and environment beyond the instrumental record at society-relevant timescales

Round Table (Rundgespräch), German Research Foundation (DFG), Bremen, January 29-30, 2018

More than 30 scientists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland discussed future collaborative research in the field of "Tropical corals as climate archives".

Session & Workshop at International Conference 'GeoBremen 2017', September 24-29, 2017

38 scientists from 8 countries discussed latest research in the field of "Tropical corals as climate archives"

Zinke, J., M. Pfeiffer, and T. Felis (2018), Reconstructing climate and environment from coral archives, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO096071.

Tropical ocean hydroclimate and temperature from coral archives (CoralHydro2k)

PAGES (Past Global Changes) 2k Network Project (2017-2020)

Coral reef Aqaba


Tropical ocean hydroclimate and temperature from coral archives

14th International Coral Reef Symposium, ICRS 2020, Bremen

5-10 July 2020