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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: 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:
- List of forestry journals
- List of historic schools of forestry
- List of types of formally designated forests
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.)
One challenge with navigation boxes is keeping them trim: when too big, they become cumbersome and less useful.
The following navigation boxes are useful references for editing on Wikipedia:
Please see my awards and recognition page.