STAC Welcomes Dr. Bianca Wentzell

Jan 08, 2018

STAC Welcomes Dr. Bianca Wentzell

St. Thomas Aquinas College has appointed Dr. Bianca Wentzell as assistant professor of biology announced Dr. Heath Bowen, interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Wentzell (Nanuet, NY), originally from Albany, NY, received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Siena College (NY) and her Ph.D. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY). She conducted postdoctoral research at both Montclair State University (NJ) and Kean University (NJ) and specializes in wetland ecology and plant biology.

Dr. Wentzell joined the St. Thomas Aquinas College community in Fall 2017. She teaches general biology I and II and ecology. "Dr. Wentzell’s excitement about teaching biology and her interest in student research projects suit her perfectly for St. Thomas Aquinas College, where the student has always come first," expressed Dr. Bowen.

Dr. Wentzell conducts research on plant responses to human impact in wetland ecosystems and studies phytoremediation, which is a process that utilizes plants to remove contaminants from water and soil. Her research has been published and she has presented at various international conferences.  She won the Best Oral Presentation award for her presentation at the Joint Aquatic Sciences International Meeting in 2014, Succession and Success: Pre- and Post- Planting Ecological Analysis of a Constructed Mitigation Wetland in the Adirondacks.

Dr. Wentzell is currently examining the effects of various restoration strategies on vegetation succession in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  She enjoys working with students who are interested in research opportunities, particularly regarding wetlands, plant physiology, environmental chemistry and scientific research.

image of dr. bianca wentzell in a biology lab

St. Thomas Aquinas College has appointed Dr. Bianca Wentzell as assistant professor of biology announced Dr. Heath Bowen, interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Wentzell (Nanuet, NY), originally from Albany, NY, received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Siena College (NY) and her Ph.D. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY). She conducted postdoctoral research at both Montclair State University (NJ) and Kean University (NJ) and specializes in wetland ecology and plant biology.

Dr. Wentzell joined the St. Thomas Aquinas College community in Fall 2017. She teaches general biology I and II and ecology. "Dr. Wentzell’s excitement about teaching biology and her interest in student research projects suit her perfectly for St. Thomas Aquinas College, where the student has always come first," expressed Dr. Bowen.

Dr. Wentzell conducts research on plant responses to human impact in wetland ecosystems and studies phytoremediation, which is a process that utilizes plants to remove contaminants from water and soil. Her research has been published and she has presented at various international conferences.  She won the Best Oral Presentation award for her presentation at the Joint Aquatic Sciences International Meeting in 2014, Succession and Success: Pre- and Post- Planting Ecological Analysis of a Constructed Mitigation Wetland in the Adirondacks.

Dr. Wentzell is currently examining the effects of various restoration strategies on vegetation succession in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  She enjoys working with students who are interested in research opportunities, particularly regarding wetlands, plant physiology, environmental chemistry and scientific research.

Dr. Wentzell can be reached at bwentzel@stac.edu or 845-398-4196. 


St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).