Itzick Vatnick, PhD, MAT
- Professor of Biology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science and Sustainability
- Science & Environment
Programs I Teach
- PhD, Comparative Animal Physiology (1993)
- MS, Animal Science (1986)
University of Vermont (VT)
- MAT, Arts of Teaching (1990)
SUNY College--Cortland (NY)
- AAS, Dairy Herd and Farm Management (1986)
Vermont Technical College
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up in Israel, and have been working at Widener since 1993. My academic training is equally diverse; it started at Vermont Technical College and continued at the University of Vermont, Cornell, and SUNY Binghamton. This background is reflected in my research interests that range from microclimates and tree phenology in the Peruvian Amazon to influence of environmental pollutants, especially herbicides, on aquatic invertebrates and amphibians among several other topics.
I am collaborating with colleagues at Widener, Swarthmore College, The Wetlands Institute in NJ, Mitrani Desert Ecology Institute in Sede Boquer, Israel, and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. I am passionate about involving undergraduates in research and travelling abroad with them. I also have been the advisor of the Biology Club for several years.
My research interests range from microclimates and tree phenology in the Peruvian Amazon to influence of environmental pollutants, especially herbicides, on aquatic invertebrates and amphibians among several other topics. I am collaborating with colleagues at Widener, Swarthmore College, The Wetlands Institute in NJ, Mitrani Desert Ecology Institute in Sede Boquer, Israel, and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Presently I work with mice, hamsters, turtles, frogs, and crayfish. Doing research and travelling abroad with our students is what really makes me tick.
- Brodkin, M.A., Madhoun, H., Rameswaran, M., & Vatnick, I. (2007). Atrazine is an immune disruptor in adult northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26(1), 80–84.
- Frontera, J.L., Vatnick, I., Chaulet, A., & Rodriguez, E.M. (2011). Effects of glyphosate and polyoxyethylenamine on growth and energetic reserves in the freshwater crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus (Decapoda, Parastacidae). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 61(4), 590–598.
- Madigosky, S.R., & Vatnick I. (2000). Microclimatic characteristics of a primary tropical Amazonian rain forest, ACEER, Iquitos, Peru. Selbyana, 165–172.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
American Physiology Society (APS), Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
- Arts and Sciences Research Award (2013)
- State University of New York Binghamton, Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992)
- Project Kaleidoscope, Faculty for the 21st century (1997)
- Widener Science Faculty and Staff Present at STEM Conference
Itzick Vatnick, professor of biology, environmental science and sustainability, and biochemistry; Louise Liable-Sands, associate professor of chemistry; Meghan Klems, assistant professor of chemistry; and Amy Yarlett, director of exploratory studies, presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities STEM Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Nov. 8. They presented "A Multidisciplinary Faculty and Professional Staff Learning Community to Support Retention."