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David A. Sonnenfeld is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), in Syracuse, New York. I've been contributing to Wikipedia since 2006. My professional homepage is:


One of the initial things that I enjoyed creating on Wikipedia is list articles. The taxonomy inevitably involved gave me a sense of making order out of chaos, helping people – including myself! – find and develop sets of related Wikipedia articles and identify gaps where new articles were needed. Among list articles that I created or have made significant contributions to:

Upon browsing any of these lists, if you see something that needs to be added or updated, please do so! One challenge with list-articles is helping them develop into value-added encyclopedia articles, more than simple lists or 'directories'.

(Forestry is not my primary academic focus, but it's a fascinating, interdisciplinary subject and field, rich in history and human interaction with the natural environment, and involving peoples, cultures and institutions around the world. As with so many areas on Wikipedia, there are many contributions to be made.)

Navigation boxes[edit]

I've found navigation boxes to be useful in 'gathering' and highlighting (curating) related articles in Wikipedia. Among those I've created:

Upon browsing any of these templates, if you see something that should be added or otherwise modified, please do so! One challenge with navigation boxes is keeping them trim: when too big, they become cumbersome and less useful. So use discretion & discuss on the related talk page as might be helpful.

My WikiProjects[edit]

One of my focuses on Wikipedia has been working with others through WikiProjects to improve the quality of topically related articles. I am a co-founder of WikiProject Globalization.

People icon.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Sociology
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg This user is a member of
WikiProject Environment.
WikiProject Globalization Logo.svg This user is member of
WikiProject Globalization
Maple Leaf Red Stump 3008px.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Forestry
Clinton Square This user is a member of WikiProject Syracuse, New York.
This user is a member of the
New York State WikiProject.

Editing tools[edit]

The following navigation boxes are useful references for editing on Wikipedia:


Please see my awards and recognition page.


Many Wikipedia editors display userboxes on their user page to communicate something about themselves and their Wikipedia editing philosophy. Here are several that serve that function for me:

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and is entitled to display this
Platinum Editor Star.
Nelumno nucifera open flower - botanic garden adelaide2.jpg This user's editing philosophy...
Contribute, let go
MedCom laurel.png This user believes in civility and assuming good faith.
Wikimedia-logo.svg Unified login: DASonnenfeld is the unique unified login of this user for all public Wikimedia projects.
Noia 64 apps karm.svg This user has been on Wikipedia for 10 years, 6 months and 21 days.
Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg This user has made over
53,000 edits on Wikipedia.
Nuvola apps korganizer.svg This user thinks that registration should be required to edit articles.