Ecology, the word, has so many uses and associations at this point in time… so we don’t really know its specific meaning except by inferring it from context. Even as an academic discipline, it is now so broad that we are not exactly sure what the boundaries of the discipline might be. From industrial ecology to human ecology to statistical ecology, the span of its disciplinary reach is a bit daunting. What do you associate with the word ecology? What do you think the academic discipline of ecology might cover? What definition of ecology do you prefer? Think on it and then try to answer these questions.