Chemical and physical environments have an incredible impact on the study of the complex molecular evolution in the interstellar medium (ISM) that led to the amino acids and other biologically-relevant molecules we see in the meteorites today. I will discuss examples of how local environment and long-range (dis-)order have impacted the spectroscopy we have used to study condensed-phase molecules in the laboratory and observationally. As well, I will highlight a number of cases in which new gas-phase molecular detections in the ISM have informed, or been informed by, the local chemical and radiation environments. Finally, I will touch upon recent microwave spectroscopy efforts in the laboratory to use knowledge of chemical environments to further unbiased and semi-automated molecular discovery efforts.
Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1332.