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: http://www.esf.edu/es/sonnenfeld.


Early in contributing to Wikipedia, I enjoyed creating list articles. The taxonomy 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:

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 boxesEdit

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

One challenge with navigation boxes is keeping them trim: when too big, they become cumbersome and less useful.


It's been a while since I've been active in WikiProjects. I was a co-founder of WikiProject Globalization. Other WikiProjects I was involved with include:

 This user is a member of WikiProject Sociology.
 This user is member of
WikiProject Globalization
 This user is a member of WikiProject Forestry
 This user is a member of
Syracuse, New York

Editing toolsEdit

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


Please see my awards and recognition page.


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 This user's editing philosophy...
Contribute, let go
 This user believes in civility and assuming good faith.
 Unified login: DASonnenfeld is the unique unified login of this user for all public Wikimedia projects.
  This user has been on Wikipedia for 13 years, 4 months and 3 days.
 This user has made over
55,000 edits on Wikipedia.
 This user thinks that registration should be required to edit articles.