Ning Ma is a PhD candidate of the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences at Beijing, China. He received a B.S. degree with a major in Geographical Sciences and an M.S. degree with a major in Earth System Sciences from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, in June 2010 and December 2012, respectively. During the period of Septemer 2015 through November 2016, he has been a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, under the supervision of Professor Guo-Yue Niu.
Ning's research interests include the land surface processes and climate change in cold and arid regions. He has authored and co-authored more than 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The primary work for his PhD research focuss on the use of a wide variety of instruments and models to study the evapotranspiration process over different climatic and land cover regions. The overall goal of his research is to improve our systematic understanding of the land surface processes and its relationship with climate change through applications of an integrated research approach consisting of field data analysis and process-based modeling.