Dr. Shi is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist, with a specific background in phylogenetics and macroevolution. His personal research centers on the intersection of diversification dynamics (speciation and extinction), complex trait evolution, and the spatial distribution of biodiversity. His graduate research was focused on bats, one of the most diverse groups of modern mammals and vertebrates. Through his research, he has experience in data and workflow management, high-dimensional data analysis, graphical visualization, and statistical methods development. Prior to joining the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, he worked in educational development and the research/scholarship of teaching and learning.