Dr Chaofan Shi

I am a palaeoentomologist interested in the evolution and palaeobiology of insects, particularly of lacewings (Neuroptera). My research has been focused on the taxonomy and phylogeny of extinct and extant lacewing families, involving fossil lacewings from the Late Mesozoic of China and Myanmar. My current project is on the taphonomy of beetles, butterflies and moths.

Selected publications

Shi, C.F., Winterton S.L., Ren D., 2015. Phylogeny of split-footed lacewings (Neuroptera, Nymphidae), with descriptions of new Cretaceous-aged fossil species from China. Cladistics31, 455-490.

Shi, C.F., Ohl, M., Wunderlich, J., Ren, D., 2015. A remarkable new genus of Mantispidae (Insecta, Neuroptera) from Cretaceous amber of Myanmar and its implications on raptorial foreleg evolution in Mantispidae. Cretaceous Research, 52, 416-422.

Shi, C.F., Makarkin, V.N., Yang, Q., Archibald, S.B., Ren, D., 2013. New species of Nymphites Haase (Neuroptera: Nymphidae) from the Middle Jurassic of China, with a redescription of the type species of the genus. Zootaxa, 3700(3), 393–410.

Shi, C.F., Wang, Y.J., Ren, D., 2013. New species of Grammolingia Ren, 2002 from the Middle Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China (Neuroptera: Grammolingiidae). Fossil Record, 16(2), 171–178.

Shi, C.F., Béthoux, O., Shih, C.K., Ren, D., 2012. Guyiling jianboni gen. et sp.n., an antlion-like lacewing, illuminating homologies and transformations in Neuroptera wing venation. Systematic Entomology, 37, 617–631.

Shi, C.F., Wang, Y.J., Yang, Q., Ren, D., 2012. Chorilingia (Neuroptera: Grammolingiidae): a new genus with four species of fossil lacewings from the Middle Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 36(3), 309–318.

Shi, C.F., Yang, Q., Ren, D., 2011. Two new fossil lacewing species from the Middle Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China (Neuroptera: Grammolingiidae). Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 85(2), 482–489.

Makarkin, V.N., Yang, Q., Shi, C.F., Ren, D., 2013. The presence of the recurrent veinlet in the Middle Jurassic Nymphidae (Neuroptera): a unique character condition in Myrmeleontoidea. ZooKeys, 325, 1–20.


May 2018 – present: Visiting researcher at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.

June 2014 – present: Lecturer in School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

December 2015 – September 2016: Visiting researcher in Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento, California, USA.

September 2009 – June 2014: PhD student in College of Life Sciences, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China.