Topics course. How does our environment shape the way we look and act? This seminar will explore the role and influence of past and current environments on the development of plants and animals at embryological, ecological, and evolutionary levels. Students will examine how toxins in our environment cause teratogenic effects, how phenotypic plasticity influences predator-prey interactions, and how new taxonomic groups may have evolved due to molecular changes during embryonic development. Course material uses primary research literature as a springboard to hold videoconferences with the researchers who conducted the work. Students will create a documentary movie on one of these topics. Prerequisites: BIO 150, 152, or 154, and at least one upper level BIO course. May not be repeated for credit. Enrollment limited to 12.