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Hi, and welcome to Wikipedia! I saw your post on the Wikipedia assignment you want to do for your history of ecology class. I'll let others handle the request for course instructor rights, but I wanted to say that I'm happy to help as an Online Ambassador for your class. If you're going to the History of Science Society meeting in Boston, I'll be there (doing a Wikipedia workshop) and would be happy to talk with you about your plans. If you have any questions or need any help, let me know.--ragesoss (talk) 15:31, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks so much for the note! This was really a treat to read, especially as I had only just posted the course description a few minute before I received your message--definitely a warm welcome to the Wikipedia community. It would be wonderful to have you as an Online Ambassador, what a thoughtful and considerate offer. Unfortunately, I'm not attending HSS this year, otherwise I'd love to meet up. I am planning to talk with a program officer soon about using Wikipedia in the classroom and should have more information/ideas in the coming weeks. Thanks again and all my best! Cheers! Enstandrew (talk) 18:30, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Hi again, Ragesoss. The spring semester is nearing and I'd like to start thinking more about this History of Ecology class. I've been granted "course instructor" rights and would like to begin creating my course page and identifying articles my students could work on. Ideally I'd be able to identify some stub or starter articles that could use some additional information and focus. Would you be up for a phone chat soon to brainstorm with me on this? That would be helpful, as I see two periods of available time coming up for me to make progress on this course design: between Dec 9 and Dec 23 and Jan 6 and Jan 15. Thanks again for your offer to help. Looking forward to this course! --Enstandrew (talk) 20:20, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
Sounds good. I'll follow up by email shortly. One quick tip: you can ping other users (making a little red notification icon appear for them) if you link to their userpage in your signed comment (as in, User:Enstandrew). People always get notified of posts on their own talk page, but if you are having a conversation with someone in another place besides their talk page (such as this conversation with me), you can use these "mention" notifications to make sure they know you replied.--ragesoss (talk) 20:34, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Additional ambassador[edit]

Hi Enstandrew. I hope you don't object, but I've added myself as an additional online ambassador for your course. Sage (ragesoss) is phenomenally competent, but in case he's unavailable at any point (he's a busy chap!) I'd like to offer my services as, well, backup, really. You can contact me either on my talkpage or by email at any time if you need help or advice. Regards, Yunshui  12:22, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi User:Yunshui! Thank you for adding yourself as an additional online ambassador! I'm expecting 32 students to enroll in this course, so it will be very helpful to have several online ambassadors. Perhaps even more will offer their services, who knows! I plan on chatting with Sage today and will certainly be in touch as I develop the course and get the semester started. All my best,--Enstandrew (talk) 13:44, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
32! Excellent - but yes, you'll benefit from multiple ambassadors in that case; having dealt with courses of a similar size before I can safely say that a solo ambassador will struggle a bit... I look forward to working with you and your students in the new year. Yunshui  13:53, 5 December 2013 (UTC)


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Struggle for existence[edit]

Hello Professor Stuhl- This is what I added to the aforementioned wiki page: Although Darwin's idea was revered in most of the western societies, many Russian intellectuals did not accept his ideas. They feared that accepting Darwin's ideas will harm their morality. One of Darwin's biggest critic was Leo Tolstoy. He felt so strongly against Darwin's idea; he, in a letter from his death bed, warned his children not to take Darwin's struggle for existence as moral guide. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abue.chowdhury (talkcontribs) 08:50, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Struggle for Existence[edit]

Hi professor! I added a sentence to the Struggle for Existence article! I think it would really benefit with the addition of further information and sources!

I said: In competing for these resources, only the fittest to find and acquire them would survive, pertaining to Darwin's idea of natural selection.

I got this information from this website,

Eak016 (talk) 16:33, 17 February 2014 (UTC)Emily Kookogey

St. Helena[edit]

Hi Professor Stuhl! For Tuesday's Wikiwork, I added a couple of sentences to the lead section in the Saint Helena article. I thought it was important to at least address that the island was an important site for experiments and research concerning environmental impacts. If someone edits this article for the main project, perhaps they can expand on this topic more. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ashleyweir (talkcontribs) 23:15, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

On the Origin of Species[edit]

Hi Professor Stuhl,

For Tuesday's assignment, I added a few sentences to the wikipedia article "On the Origin of Species". I added to the section of the article: Struggle for existence, natural selection, and divergence. I said that the balance of nature holds each species within its own functioning limits of the environment. The reproduction rate is thus affected by the struggle for survival, in order to keep each species successfully functioning within these boundaries.

Jcf028 (talk) 20:48, 14 February 2014 (UTC)jcf028

Community of Interest[edit]


I added a brief excerpt from Stephen A. Forbes' publication of "The Lake as a Microcosm" to the Stephen A. Forbes page. They had mentioned his publication, and how it influenced the realm of behavioral ecology, but they forgot to add the concept of a community of interest and how it related to Darwin's theory of natural selection. So I added a quotation that related the community of interest to natural selection.

(Mrjohnson007 (talk) 19:13, 16 February 2014 (UTC))

Struggle for Existence[edit]


I edited the "Struggle for existence" page for the our assignment, by adding the sentence: "Darwin states that all organisms, both plants and animals, are bound together in the struggle for existence by complex relationships between each other" - to the 4th paragraph. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrewscutt (talkcontribs) 01:54, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

An Essay on the Principle of Population[edit]

Hello! I made a small addition to the An Essay on the Principle Population page under the Marxist Opposition section. I used the Todes reading from last week as my reference. I wrote "In addition, many Russian philosophers could not easily apply Malthus’ population theory to Russian society in the 1840s. In England, where Malthus lived, population was rapidly increasing but suitable agricultural land was limited. Russia, on the other hand, had extensive land with agricultural potential yet a relatively sparse population. It is possible that this discrepancy between Russian and English realities contributed to the rejection of Malthus’ Essay on the Principle of Population by key Russian thinkers." Dcbru (talk) 04:55, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Karl Möbius[edit]


I added a few new sentences to the Wikipedia article on Karl Möbius. While the article addressed Möbius's research on oyster beds, it did not include where or why the research was conducted. I wrote that Möbius was commissioned by the Prussian Ministry of Agricultural Affairs to research the natural oyster beds and their profitability in the Bay of Kiel. I also included a reference to Michael Allaby's book Ecology: Plants, Animals, and the Environment.

Aleary1 (talk) 17:51, 17 February 2014 (UTC)Aidan Leary

On The Origin of Species[edit]

Good Afternoon Professor Stuhl, I added a sentence to the wikipedia page titled, On the Origin of Species, under the heading Variation and Heredity. After reading an article I found online called "Current Debates on the Origin of Species", I saw a place under this specific heading that could used further information and explanation. So drawing from this article I wrote a sentence which explained how Darwin's theories of evolution were developed and refined once they were combined with Gregor Mendel's work on genetic inheritance. Alilafferty (talk) 18:31, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Carl Linnaeus[edit]

Hi Professor, I added a section to the Carl Linnaeus page which I titled: Influences & economic beliefs. I used the reading from week 2 from Lisbet Koerner to add several sentences under this section that discussed Linnaeus' economic influences. My hope is that others can now further expand this section in the future, since I felt as if the article was lacking a section like this. The sentences I added were: "Linnaeus' applied science was inspired not only by the instrumental utilitarianism general to the early Enlightenment, but also by his adherence to the older economic doctrine of Cameralism.[133] Additionally, Linnaeus was a state interventionist. He supported tariffs, levies, export bounties, quotas, embargoes, navigation acts, subsidized investment capital, ceilings on wages, cash grants, state-licensed producer monopolies, and cartels.[134]" Thanks! Srk017 (talk) 19:56, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Stephen Forbes[edit]

Hi Professor!

I added Stephen A. Forbes Wikipedia Page under 'Biography":

In 1867, Forbes invested in a Strawberry farm in Carbondale, Illinois which, according to his daughter Ethel, sparked Forbes' interest in the flora of southern Illinois.

…and then further down in the biography section in another paragraph I added: Forbes’ extensive knowledge was not limited to entomology, but throughout his life he also studied and achieved distinction in ichthyology, ornithology, river and stream biology and pollution, and the taxonomy of Crustacea.

I got this information from an article I found on Google Scholar on Forbes- Mills, Harlow B. "Stephen Alfred Forbes." Systematic Zoology 63.2 (n.d.): 208-15. Oxford Journals. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <>.

Eeb017 (talk)

John Ray[edit]

Good evening Professor! I added a few sentences to the John Ray Wikipedia article. The section that I added to is at the end of the "Career" section. I noticed last week that in the John Ray article, there was not sufficient information on his popular works, so I added: "Through this volume, he moved on from the naming and cataloguing of species like his successor Carl Linnaeus. Instead, Ray considered species' lives and how nature worked as a whole. This work largely epitomized Natural Theology during his time." I used a scholarly website known as "The John Ray Society" ( as my reference. Hopefully these sentences enhance the article a little bit! Emm031 (talk) 23:18, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

John Ray[edit]

Hello professor Stuhl. I added a sentence to the section on John Ray's page where it talks about his definition of the word species. I felt that this section was lacking in information because it only provides a quote from his writing, so I elaborated on this quote with information that I found on another site that will put John Ray's words into something more relevant to the general population. I added this sentence: It is important to take note that John Ray did his research almost 200 years before Darwin and he had no knowledge of genetics. He was able to recognize, however, that similar organisms come from similar organisms, and those that increase the amount of these similar organisms represent a natural grouping that Ray referred to as a "Species". [13] ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by CJCstudent (talkcontribs) 00:03, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

John Ray[edit]

Hello professor Stuhl. I added a sentence to the section on John Ray's page where it talks about his definition of the word species. I felt that this section was lacking in information because it only provides a quote from his writing, so I elaborated on this quote with information that I found on another site that will put John Ray's words into something more relevant to the general population. I added this sentence: It is important to take note that John Ray did his research almost 200 years before Darwin and he had no knowledge of genetics. He was able to recognize, however, that similar organisms come from similar organisms, and those that increase the amount of these similar organisms represent a natural grouping that Ray referred to as a "Species". [13] ( CJCstudent (talk) 00:05, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Struggle For Existence[edit]

Professor, I added a few sentences to the article “Struggle for Existence” and provided the reference to Chapter three of “On the Origin of Species”: The Struggle for Existence. The sentences I added were “His reasons were the competition between animals, the limited amount of food, the climate, and epidemics. Also, the struggle for existence is greatest between organisms of the same species.” I indented to create a greater connection between Darwin’s writing and the article. However, I believe that some changes were made to my original edits since I made over the weekend.Gtn001 (talk) 00:08, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Edit to Linnaeus Wikipedia page[edit]

For one of our assignements we had to make a edit on a page. I added these two sentences to the section on his collections. It was a paraphrase of Koerners reading. "Linnaeus felt his work was reflecting the harmony of nature and he said in 1754 'the earth is then nothing else but a museum of the all-wise creator's masterpieces, divided into three chambers'. He had turned his own estate into a microcosm of that 'world museum'. [126]" Rory.Bonner (talk) 01:15, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Johann Reinhold Forster[edit]

Hello Professor!

For the Wikipedia assignment this week I have added two sentences to the page on Johann Reinhold Forster because I felt it needed more information on his legacy and the importance of his voyages with Cook and the impact they had. I used the source: Richard Grove, Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp 309-375.

Thank you! Sarakpal (talk) 01:15, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Spencer Fullerton Baird[edit]

Hi Professor Stuhl. I chose to contribute a few sentences to the U.S. Fish Commission section of the article about Spencer Fullerton Baird. Since we discussed the impact the commission had in depth last week in class, I decided that it was important to include more information than was given about the compromise that limited weir usage during certain parts of the week. I used an additional source to help me: Anderson, Byron. 2002. "Biographical Portrait: Spencer Fullerton Baird." Forest History Today: 31-33. Ced015 (talk) 01:54, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Alexander von Humboldt[edit]

Hi Professor! For this weeks wiki work, I added a sentence to Alexander von Humboldt's wikipedia page. I felt as if the sentence I added provided more context for the facts that followed it. I added to the section entitled "Early Life and Education" and used a reference from our reading, Alexander von Humboldt and the Geography of Vegetation by Malcolm Nicolson.

Lizziewalters (talk) 01:58, 18 February 2014 (UTC)


Hi Prof. Stuhl, for this week's wiki work assignment, I chose to edit the Wikipedia page "Lake" because I found the primary source "The Lake as a Microcosm" by Stephen Forbes to be very interesting. I added two sentences to the section "Characteristics" about how the lake is a microcosm and therefore a relatively isolated habitat from its surroundings with organisms that can be studied independently of the environment surrounding the lake. I made this edit because I noticed that this Wikipedia article did not mention much more than a sentence or two about lakes as miniature habitats and I believe that this is just as important as other physical characteristics of lakes. Jjt022 (talk) 03:48, 18 February 2014 (UTC)Jjt022 Joe Tull

HMS Beagle[edit]

Hi Professor Stuhl- I edited the HMS Beagle page and added to the section on Darwin during the section on the second voyage. This is what i added:

This diary is where Darwin drew most of the ideas for his publications.[19] Darwin attributes his first real trainings in natural history to his voyage on the Beagle.

I believe this will intrigue readers learning about the Beagle to look into Darwin more knowing how important his diary on this ship was.

Lgn006 (talk) 04:32, 18 February 2014 (UTC)Lindsey Nourse

The Principles of Geology[edit]

Hi Professor! I edited the article on Principles of Geology by Charles Lyell.The article had no lead section and I added three sentences based on the effect that Principles of Geology had and a little more about what the actual book said. MackenzieGlaze (talk) 04:37, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Charles Lyell[edit]

Hi Professor Stuhl! I choose to go back to the wiki work on Charles Lyell as you suggested after last week's assignment. Wow it was a lot easier to offer suggestions then it is to add a sentence. I added a sentence to the lead section because the Wikipedia Community and I agreed it needs the most work on the page. I thought that adding a bit about how his views went against the popular ideas in England at the time provided more evidence to the importance of the Principles of Geology. I look forward to hearing your feedback! JessicaCmaguire —Preceding undated comment added 04:38, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Stephen Forbes

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I used the Stephen Forbes article and added information from the readings we had for class. I incorporated the fact that he was seen as a pioneer of the history of ecology in the United States RyH11 (talk) 04:55, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

On the Galapagos Islands[edit]

Hello professor I decided to add a few sentence to this article about the finches that Darwin observed with the different sized beaks. This was in the history section of the article after he talked briefly after the tortoises in the island. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aoc001 (talkcontribs) 12:32, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

DYK Nomination[edit]

Professor Stuhl, I have gotten one response to my DYK nomination and it looks as though I need to post it on the main DYK page but I am having some trouble figuring out how to do so because apparently my article is still a draft. Any ideas? Emm031 (talk) 20:36, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Eric. I followed the discussion about your nomination on the template page. As you say, it looks like your nomination failed because the article for Ehrenfeld doesn't exist yet. I know you tried to create the article last week--have you heard anything in response to that process? I'm including ragesoss and Yunshui here to see if they can help us with these aspects of article creation and DYK nomination. --Enstandrew (talk) 00:47, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Professor, Wikipedia still says that the article is currently under review and it does not give a definitive timeline for how long it will take before the process is finished. Emm031 (talk) 01:04, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Emm031. You're correct in that you cannot nominate a page for DYK until it is actually in the article mainspace ("live", so to speak). The DYK nomination was denied because until the page is placed in that namespace, it effectively doesn't exist. I've reviewed the page for you, but I'm afraid I've had to decline it for inclusion in its current state - I've left a note on the draft with details, but basically you need better sources in order to meet Wikipedia's notability requirements. Yunshui  08:20, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Change in your user rights[edit]

Your Wikipedia account was previously granted a user right called "course instructor" by the Wiki Education Foundation. That right enabled you to create a course page through the EducationProgram MediaWiki extension. Starting in fall 2015, the Wiki Education Foundation has discontinued its use of this extension. Going forward, users should create course pages through the Wiki Education Foundation website. That application is more user-friendly, and any content is automatically mirrored to Wikipedia. To prevent confusion, we'll be removing your "course instructor" user right, as it is not needed with the new system. This is simply a notification of the technical change to your account. No action is needed from you at this time.

If you plan on teaching with Wikipedia for the fall 2015 term, please email me ( for instructions how to create your next course page using our new system. --Helaine (Wiki Ed) (talk), sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:34, 21 July 2015 (UTC)