Dr. Ting Ma

Research Associate

Main Focus

Dr. Ting Ma is a palaeoecologist using pollen and other multi-proxy approaches to reconstruct palaeoclimate, palaeoenvironment and landcover change in the past. She also interested in archaeobotany studies in archaeological sites. Her work combines palaeoecology/palaeoenvironmental records with archaeobotanical and archaeological datasets to examine interactions between past human activities and natural environment change.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ting Ma is an Associate Professor at Beijing Normal University. She is currently conducting postdoctoral research within the isoTROPIC group at the MPI-SHH, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Dr. Ting Ma completed her Ph.D. at Sun Yat-sen University and the Free University of Berlin. During her Ph.D., she studied Holocene vegetation change in southeastern China and how it related to climate change and past human activities. After her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoc at Sun Yat-Sen University. During this time, she strived to reveal how late Holocene coastal evolution significantly influenced the emergence of rice agriculture and the southward expansion of early farmers from East Asia to Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, and how early rice agriculture influenced endemic biodiversity in southeastern Asia. After completing her postdoctoral research at Sun Yat-sen University, she has been working at Beijing Normal University and is now establishing and directing a new palynology laboratory.


Ma, T., Tarasov, P. E., Huang, K., Leipe, C., Man, M., Zheng, Z., 2022. Intensified climate drying and cooling during the last glacial culmination (20.8–17.5 cal ka BP) in the south-eastern Asian monsoon domain inferred from a high-resolution pollen record. Quaternary Science Reviews 278, 107371.

Zheng, Z., Ma, T., Roberts, P., Li, Z., Yue, Y., Peng, H., Huang, K., Han, Z., Wan, Q., Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Zheng, Y., Saito, Y., 2021. Anthropogenic impacts on Late Holocene land-cover change and floristic biodiversity loss in tropical southeastern Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(40), 0-e2022210.

Ma, T., Rolett, B. V., Zheng, Z., Zong, Y., 2020. Holocene coastal evolution preceded the expansion of paddy field rice farming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(39), 24138-24143.

Ma, T., Zheng, Z., 2019. Pollen evidence for human-induced land cover change reveals the history of agriculture development in southeastern China, in Prehistoric Maritime Cultures and Seafaring in East Asia, Wu, C., Rolett, B. V., Eds. Springer Nature, Singapore.

Ma, T., Zheng, Z., Man, M., Li, J., Huang, K., 2018. Holocene fire and forest histories in relation to climate change and agriculture development in southeastern China. Quaternary International 488, 30-40.

Ma, T., Tarasov, P. E., Zheng, Z., Han, A. Y., Huang, K. Y., 2016. Pollen- and charcoal-based evidence for climatic and human impact on vegetation in the northern edge of wuyi mountains, China, during the last 8200 years. The Holocene 26, 1616-1626.

Ma, T., Zheng, Z., Rolett, B. V., Lin, G., Zhang, G., Yue, Y., 2016. New evidence for Neolithic rice cultivation and Holocene environmental change in the Fuzhou basin, southeast China. Vegetation History & Archaeobotany 25, 375-386.

Yue, Y., Zheng, Z., Rolett, B. V., Ma, T., Chen, C., Huang, K., Lin, G.W., Zhu, G.Q., Cheddadi, R., 2015. Holocene vegetation, environment and anthropogenic influence in the Fuzhou basin, southeast China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 99, 85–94.

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