Itzick Vatnick

Itzick Vatnick, PhD, MAT

  • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science and Sustainability
Media Expertise:
  • Science & Environment

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Comparative Animal Physiology (1993)
    SUNY Binghamton
  • 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

About Me

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. 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. 

Research Interests

My research interests are eclectic and include investigation of microclimates and tree phenology in the Peruvian Amazon and the influence of environmental pollutants on aquatic organisms. I am also interested in understanding the physiology and behavior of Diamondback terrapins in order to contribute to their conservation in the salt marshes of New Jersey. I am collaborating with colleagues at Widener, The Wetlands Institute in NJ, and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina

Media Expertise

  • Comparative and human physiology
  • Bioenergetics, metabolism and control of body mass
  • Amphibian decline and host-pathogen interactions in frogs
  • Science education for non-science majors


  • 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."

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