School of Life Sciences at Sun Yat-Sen University, China. Professor Shi’s research focuses on adaptive evolution and speciation in plants with a particular emphasize on the interface of divergent environments. The ~ 80 extant species of mangroves are such examples. The aim of her research is to understand the molecular basis of adaptation and phenotypic variation by using genomic techniques. She is particularly interested in the evolutionary convergence among independently evolved species in the same biological community, as well as geographical mechanisms of speciation revealed by mangroves.