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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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Ecological validity must be taken into consideration when selecting and administering assessments.
Another curiosity in the concluding chapter is the editors' argument that assessments of ecological sustainability may rely on a general rule of thumb 'rate of harvest less than rate of renewal'.
This will build upon student's own understanding of abstract ecological laws.
The statist turn has had some implications for ecological citizenship and its promotion.
I recommend the book for courses in contemporary moral problems and ecological ethics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Morton elaborates 'the ecological thought' with reference to two concepts designed to challenge conventional ways of thinking.
The ecological strategy of a firm is based on an implicit or explicit assessment of what ecological impacts are to be considered.
Globally over the course of the decade, the index shows that scores fell steadily, caused by growing ecological deficits in many countries.