Avner Vengosh

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

External address: 
308 Research Drive, A-207 LSRC, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0230
(919) 681-8050

My research aims to link environmental geochemistry and isotope hydrology in order to trace the sources and mechanisms of water contamination and relationships with human health. Current research includes global changes of the chemical and isotopic compositions of water resources due to human intervention and contamination, salinization of water resources in the Middle East and Northern Africa, naturally occurring contaminants (arsenic, fluoride, boron) and radioactivity in water resources, the impact of coal combustion residues on the environment, and the impact of gas drilling and hydro-fracking on the quality of shallow groundwater.


  • Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) 1990
  • M.S., Hebrew University 1986
  • B.S., Hebrew University 1984

Weinthal, E., Y. Parag, A. Vengosh, A. Muti, and W. Kloppmann. “The EU Drinking Water Directive: The Boron standard and scientific uncertainty.” European Environment 15, no. 1 (January 1, 2005): 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.369. Full Text

Vengosh, A., W. Kloppmann, A. Marei, Y. Livshitz, A. Gutierrez, M. Banna, C. Guerrot, I. Pankratov, and H. Raanan. “Sources of salinity and boron in the Gaza strip: Natural contaminant flow in the southern Mediterranean coastal aquifer.” Water Resources Research 41, no. 1 (January 1, 2005): 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1029/2004WR003344. Full Text

Segal-Rozenhaimer, Michal, Uri Shavit, Avner Vengosh, Ittai Gavrieli, Efrat Farber, Ran Holtzman, Bernhard Mayer, and Avi Shaviv. “Sources and transformations of nitrogen compounds along the Lower Jordan River..” Journal of Environmental Quality 33, no. 4 (July 2004): 1440–51. https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2004.1440. Full Text

Farber, E., A. Vengosh, I. Gavrieli, A. Marie, T. D. Bullen, B. Mayer, R. Holtzman, M. Segal, and U. Shavit. “The origin and mechanisms of salinization of the Lower Jordan River.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 68, no. 9 (May 1, 2004): 1989–2006. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2003.09.021. Full Text

Vengosh, A., E. Weinthal, and W. Kloppmann. “Natural boron contamination in Mediterranean groundwater.” Geotimes 49, no. 5 (May 1, 2004): 20–25.

Vengosh, A., E. Weinthal, and W. Kloppmann. “Natural boron contamination.” Geotimes 49, no. 5 (May 1, 2004): 20–25.

Polat, H., A. Vengosh, I. Pankratov, and M. Polat. “A new methodology for removal of boron from water by coal and fly ash.” Desalination 164, no. 2 (April 1, 2004): 173–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0011-9164(04)00176-6. Full Text

Vengosh, A., C. Helvaci, and I. H. Karamanderesi. “Reply to the comment on "Geochemical constraints for the origin of thermal waters from western Turkey" by Umran Serpen and Tahir Öngür.” Applied Geochemistry 18, no. 7 (July 1, 2003): 1117–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0883-2927(02)00209-3. Full Text

Vengosh, A., J. Gill, M. L. Davisson, and G. B. Hudson. “A multi-isotope (B, Sr, O, H, and C) and age dating (3H-3He and 14C) study of groundwater from Salinas Valley, California: Hydrochemistry, dynamics, and contamination processes.” Water Resources Research 38, no. 1 (March 14, 2002): 91–917.

Vengosh, A., C. Helvaci, and I. H. Karamanderesi. “Geochemical constraints for the origin of thermal waters from western Turkey.” Applied Geochemistry 17, no. 3 (March 11, 2002): 163–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0883-2927(01)00062-2. Full Text