Ecophysiology terminology

Paul van Gardingen PAULVG at srv0.bio.ed.ac.uk
Thu Nov 16 22:42:50 EST 1995


My apologies if you belong to both.
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A few academic questions.

1.  What is environmental physiology?

2.  How does it differ from physiological ecology?

3.  Is there any difference the the terms ecophysiology and physiological 
ecology?

I would be interested in receiving some feedback on these questions.
The serious reason I ask is that I am writing an review paper at
present on an aspect of environmental physiology/ ecophysiology
/physiological ecology, and I have managed to get myself successfully
sidetracked on these question and definitions.

Just to leave you with a thought, Ecology is derived from the Greek 
Oikos, meaning house or home.  Does Ecophysiology then literally mean 
the physiology of a house or home?  By the same argument watch out 
for ecotourists........


Paul van Gardingen


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