(3) A branch of sociology that deals with the relations of human beings with their physical and social environment, also called as human ecology.
Ecology is a broad science encompassing many fields. As such, ecology has various distinct subdisciplines; some of which are:
- Behavioural ecology
- Community ecology or synecology
- Ecosystem ecology
- Evolutionary ecology
- Global ecology
- Human ecology
- Population ecology
Word origin: term coined by Ernst Haeckel in 1866, from the Greek oikos meaning "house" and logos meaning "science".
Related forms: ecological (adjective)