This course will introduce you to (1) the evolutionary processes that both generate this species diversity and shape variation within populations, (2) how these evolutionary processes relate to the astonishing diversity we observe in organismal behavior, physiology and ecology, (3) the fit of organisms to their ecologies, (4) the interactions between species and their environments, and (5) plant & animal biology, including morphology, physiology and diversity. The overarching goal of the course is for students to learn fundamental concepts in evolution and ecology and diversity via examples of species adaptations and interactions. An additional goal is to develop critical analytical skills via case studies, interactive lab protocols, and hands-on observations of plant and animal structures.