Jiao Ma

Hölderlinstr. 12
72074 Tübingen
Tel: +49 (0)7071 29-72493
Email: majiao14[at]

Fields of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

2010.9-2014.6 Bachelor in Department of History, Wuhan University in China, major in Archaeology and Museology.

2014.9-2017.3 Master in both Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology in Beijing, China, supervised by Prof. Dr. Yaowu Hu and Dr. Yuan Wang.

2017.4 Until now, successive postgraduate and doctoral program in the same departments, also supervised by Prof. Dr. Yaowu Hu and Dr. Yuan Wang.

2018.3-2019.3 visiting PhD student at the University of Tübingen in Germany, Cooperation Supervisor is Prof. Dr. Hervé Bocherens.

Master and PhD-Project

Isotopic evidence of foraging ecology of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) in China during the Late Pleistocene.

Elephas maximus and Mammuthus primigenius are two significant Elephantidae in the Late Pleistocene, which are respectively the characteristic mammal in south and northeast of China. After the nearly simultaneous flourish in Late Pleistocene, Mammuthus primigenius becomes extinct, while Elephas maximus survives as one of the only three extant elephant species.

During my master and PhD period, I mainly focus on applying carbon, nitrogen and oxygen stable isotope analysis on the fossilized Elephantidae remains and their symbiotic animals. My research sites are including Baxian Cave and Quzai Cave (Elephas fauna) in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southern China, and Mammuthus- Coelodonta fauna from Daqing museum and Yanjiagang site in northeastern china. Through my systematically researches on Elephas maximus and Mammuthus primigenius, the foraging strategy of two Elephantidae will be reconstructed, which might imply the mainspring of their different fate at the end of Late Pleistocene.


Ma J, Wang Y, Jin C, et al. Isotopic evidence of foraging ecology of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) in South China during the Late Pleistocene[J]. Quaternary International, 2017, 443: 160-167.

马姣, 张凤礼, 王元, 等. 稳定同位素示踪东北地区晚更新世真猛犸象的摄食行为[J]. 第四纪研究, 2017, 37(4): 885-894.

(Tracking the foraging behavior of from the late pleistocene of northeast china, using stable isotope analysis, Quaternary Sciences)