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
Phone: 
(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.

Education

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

Schlesinger, William H., Emily M. Klein, and Avner Vengosh. “Reply to Selin: Human impacts on the atmospheric burden of trace metals..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115, no. 12 (March 6, 2018). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1800958115. Full Text

Harkness, J. S., N. R. Warner, A. Ulrich, R. Millot, W. Kloppmann, J. M. E. Ahad, M. M. Savard, P. Gammon, and A. Vengosh. “Characterization of the boron, lithium, and strontium isotopic variations of oil sands process-affected water in Alberta, Canada.” Applied Geochemistry 90 (March 1, 2018): 50–62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.12.026. Full Text

Harkness, Jennifer S., Kelley Swana, William K. Eymold, Jodie Miller, Ricky Murray, Siep Talma, Colin J. Whyte, et al. “Pre-drill Groundwater Geochemistry in the Karoo Basin, South Africa..” Ground Water 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 187–203. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12635. Full Text

Kreuzer, Rebecca L., Thomas H. Darrah, Benjamin S. Grove, Myles T. Moore, Nathaniel R. Warner, William K. Eymold, Colin J. Whyte, et al. “Structural and Hydrogeological Controls on Hydrocarbon and Brine Migration into Drinking Water Aquifers in Southern New York..” Ground Water 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 225–44. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12638. Full Text

Eymold, William K., Kelley Swana, Myles T. Moore, Colin J. Whyte, Jennifer S. Harkness, Siep Talma, Ricky Murray, et al. “Hydrocarbon-Rich Groundwater above Shale-Gas Formations: A Karoo Basin Case Study..” Ground Water 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 204–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12637. Full Text

Lauer, Nancy E., Nathaniel R. Warner, and Avner Vengosh. “Sources of Radium Accumulation in Stream Sediments near Disposal Sites in Pennsylvania: Implications for Disposal of Conventional Oil and Gas Wastewater..” Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 3 (February 2018): 955–62. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b04952. Full Text

Schlesinger, William H., Emily M. Klein, and Avner Vengosh. “Global biogeochemical cycle of vanadium..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 52 (December 11, 2017): E11092–100. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1715500114. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lauer, Nancy, Avner Vengosh, and Shifeng Dai. “Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Uranium-Rich Coals and Associated Coal Combustion Residues from China..” Environmental Science & Technology 51, no. 22 (November 8, 2017): 13487–93. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03473. Full Text

Harkness, Jennifer S., Thomas H. Darrah, Myles T. Moore, Colin J. Whyte, Paul D. Mathewson, Tyson Cook, and Avner Vengosh. “Naturally Occurring versus Anthropogenic Sources of Elevated Molybdenum in Groundwater: Evidence for Geogenic Contamination from Southeast Wisconsin, United States.” Environmental Science & Technology 51, no. 21 (November 7, 2017): 12190–99. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03716. Full Text

Harkness, Jennifer S., Thomas H. Darrah, Myles T. Moore, Colin J. Whyte, Paul D. Mathewson, Tyson Cook, and Avner Vengosh. “Naturally Occurring versus Anthropogenic Sources of Elevated Molybdenum in Groundwater: Evidence for Geogenic Contamination from Southeast Wisconsin, United States..” Environmental Science & Technology 51, no. 21 (November 2017): 12190–99. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03716. Full Text

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Warner, N. R., A. Nunnery, G. S. Dwyer, P. A. Baker, S. C. Fritz, and A. Vengosh. “Boron isotopic ratios from the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian Altiplano as a paleoenvironmental indicator.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A1114–A1114. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Deonarine, A., H. Hsu-Kim, L. Ruhl, and A. Vengosh. “Riverine mercury contamination after the 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant, TN.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A223–A223. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Leslie, Deborah, Nathaniel Warner, Avner Vengosh, John Olesik, Kathleen Welch, and W Berry Lyons. “Boron isotopic geochemistry of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A582–A582. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Merola, R. B., and A. Vengosh. “Low-level arsenic contamination of groundwater with biomarker monitoring in Union County, NC.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A700–A700. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Ruhl, Laura S., Avner Vengosh, and Gary S. Dywer. “Isotopic and geochemical tracers for evaluating the environmental impact of the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill in Kingston, TN.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A889–A889. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Vinson, D. S., J. C. Mcintosh, and A. Vengosh. “Sr isotope constraints on natural oxy-anionic contaminants in a basin-fill aquifer (Arizona, USA).” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A1083–A1083. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Bartov, Gideon, Thomas M. Johnson, Laura Ruhl, Avner Vengosh, and George Southworth. “Mercury stable isotope tracing of multiple Mercury sources in the Tennessee River system.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 74:A57–A57. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2010.

Dieck, Rita, Amer Marie, Avner Vengosh, and Jawad Hasan. “Ra-226/Rn-222 in groundwater of the Mountain Aquifer and Ein-Feshcha Spring: West Bank.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 73:A292–A292. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2009.

Farber, E., A. Vengosh, I. Gavrieli, A. Marie, T. D. Bullen, B. Mayer, R. Holtzman, M. Segal, and U. Shavit. “The relationships between groundwater discharge and the Lower Jordan River.” In Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 69:A813–A813. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2005.

SHAVIT, U. R. I., R. A. N. HOLTZMAN, M. I. C. H. A. L. SEGAL, I. T. T. A. I. GAVRIELI, E. F. R. A. T. FARBER, and A. V. N. E. R. VENGOSH. “THE LOWER JORDAN RIVER.” In International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies — 30th Session. WORLD SCIENTIFIC, 2004. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789812702753_0032. Full Text

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Selected Grants

EAGER: Novel geochemical approach for envir. risk assessment of stray gas contamination awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Chateaubriand Fellowship for Jennifer Harkness awarded by Government of France (Principal Investigator). 2014

The Potential Risks of Freshwater Aquifer Contamination with Geosequestration awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

Hydro-fracturing and Gas Drilling Impacts on the Society: An Integrative Workshop to Evaluate the State of Science and P awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2013

Environmental effects of the coal ash spill and remediation at Kingston TN awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

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