Itzick Vatnick

Itzick Vatnick, PhD, MAT

  • Chair of Biology Department
  • Professor
Areas of Expertise:
  • Science & Environment

Programs I Teach

Education

  • 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. 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.

Research Interests

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.

Publications

  • 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)

Awards

  • 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)