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(e-kol'o-je) [Gr. oikos, house + -logy]
The science of the relationship of organisms to their environment, including the interactions among organisms. ecologicecological (e?ko-loj'ik, i-kal), adjective See: food chain

ecology of human performance

Abbreviation: EHP
A conceptual framework for occupational therapy practice aimed at improving task performance by considering the person's skills and experiences, the context of the situation in which a task is performed, and the nature of the task. Interventions include altering the context of task performance to make it more supportive or a better match for the person's skills and remediating a person's skill deficits, among others.


emanating from or pertaining to ecology.

ecological biome
see biome.
ecological climax
the state of balance in an ecosystem when its inhabitants have established their permanent relationships with each other.
ecological fallacy
bias following misinterpretation that ecological factors affect all individuals equally.
ecological imbalance
the naturally occurring changes in the environment, e.g. bushfires, floods, volcanic fallout, which leave it unbalanced with respect to the type and quality of the feed they provide.
ecological interface
the border between two ecosystems.
ecological mosaic
a pattern of interspersed ecosystems.
ecological niche
1. the position occupied by an organism in relation to other organisms and to the environment.
2. a particular part of an ecological environment in which a particular plant or animal species prospers. It is the set of terms, in relation to food and water supply and relationship with predators and disease and with competitors, by which the organism achieves its full biological potential.
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Among these motivations for conservation, we analyzed: save to preserve the source of aesthetic pleasure of humans, save to prevent the depletion of important natural resources to the economy, save to prevent ecological imbalances and save to respect nature and all living beings.
Economic injustice has been exacerbated by foreign-dominated and profit-oriented mining, land-use conversion, legal logging and the monocropping of vast tracts of land, all of which have caused ecological imbalance and plunder, resulting in unforgivable environmental destruction never before seen in our communities.
The Mirwaiz said Kashmiris were not against providing services to the pilgrims, but the macadamised road up to the cave would result in felling of trees and increase in pollution, which would lead to an ecological imbalance in the environmentally sensitive area.
Summary: JEDDAH: Saudi environmentalists have expressed their fear of imminent extinction of several rare marine species and a resulting ecological imbalance caused by unsupervised fishing in the Red Sea.
Those who were allowed to operate mussel growing in Bacoor Bay likewise suffered further decline and income loss due to the ecological imbalance created by massive reclamation.
It can cause serious ecological imbalance," Santosh Martin, honorary wildlife warden of Bellary and representative of Sloth Bear Foundation, said.
Experts are of the view that the tigers are not getting sufficient food in Kishanpur sanctuary due to scarcity of herbivorous animals that has resulted from geological and ecological imbalance.
With governments turning a blind eye to activities that bring about ecological imbalances of the region, illegalities like felling of trees, cutting of hills, denuding of forests and rampant mining to name a few, continue unchecked.
A notable exception is the Bank of England (2015), which has put the potential impact of ecological imbalances on financial stability on the research agenda.
The consequences of climate change have already been observed all over the world, in dissimilar forms ranging from fluctuating weather patterns, diminishing ice caps, crop losses, increased occurrence and intensities of floods and droughts, and severe ecological imbalances.
And just as governments cannot run huge financial deficits indefinitely, countries cannot continue to run large annual ecological imbalances without depleting their natural capital - and thus weakening their economic health.
Targeting policy-makers, faculty members, and graduate students of psychology, Psychology Education and Training, (PET), aims to balance universalities and cultural specificities through adjustment of academic curricula and required regulations, and credentials pertinent to psychological services, as globalization, economic turbulence, changing demographics, regime change, ecological imbalances, and burgeoning findings in neuroscience challenge the practitioners and scientists of the discipline of psychology globally.