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Chong Ma
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Areas: Structural geology, Tectonics, U-Pb geochronology, 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology, Geochemistry

Office: 2071 Beard Eaves Coliseum

2050 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-4203
Fax: (334) 844-4486


Ph.D., Geology, University of Florida
M.S., Geology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.E., Resource Exploration, Hefei University of Technology

Professional Employment

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Auburn University
2015 - Present

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Ma’s research interests lie in the accretionary, collisional, and post-orogenic extensional processes associated with mountain belts. He utilizes geologic mapping, structural analysis, geochemistry, and age-dating techniques to study orogenesis from a combined spatial-temporal-compositional perspective. Dr. Ma is interested in teaching Physical Geology, Structural Geology, Field Camp, and Tectonics.

Selected Publications

  1. Chong Ma*, David Foster, Willis Hames, Paul Mueller, Mark Steltenpohl, 2019. From the Alleghanian to the Atlantic: Extensional collapse of the southernmost Appalachian orogen. Geology, v. 47, doi:10.1130/G46073.1.
  2. Chong Ma*, David Foster, Paul Mueller, Barbara Dutrow, 2016. Magma-facilitated transpressional strain partitioning within the Sawtooth metamorphic complex, Idaho: A zone accommodating Cretaceous orogen-parallel translation in the Idaho batholith. Tectonics, 36, 444–465, doi:10.1002/2016TC004264.
  3. Chong Ma*, Philip Bergeron, David Foster, Barbara Dutrow, Paul Mueller, Chrissy Allen, 2016. Detrital-zircon geochronology of the Sawtooth metamorphic complex, Idaho: Evidence for metamorphosed lower Paleozoic shelf strata within the Idaho batholith. Geosphere, v. 12, no. 4, doi: 10.1130/GES01201.1.
  4. Chong Ma, Wenjiao Xiao*, Brian F. Windley, Guiping Zhao, Chunming Han, Ji’en Zhang, Jun Luo, Chao Li. 2012. Tracing a subducted ridge-transform system in a Late Carboniferous accretionary prism: Right-angle sanukitoid dyke swarms in Western Junggar, NW China. Lithos, v. 140-141, p. 152-165.
  5. Chong Ma*, Guiping Zhao, Wenjiao Xiao, Chunming Han, Jun Luo, Zhongmei Wang, 2011. Emplacement of ophiolites: Mechanisms and timing. Chinese Journal of Geology, v. 46, no. 3, p. 865-874.

Last updated: 02/13/2019