Avner Vengosh

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Environmental Quality

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 (Israel) 1986
  • B.S., Hebrew University (Israel) 1984

Vengosh, A., A. J. Spivack, Y. Artzi, and A. Ayalon. “Geochemical and boron, strontium, and oxygen isotopic constraints on the origin of the salinity in groundwater from the Mediterranean coast of Israel.” Water Resources Research 35, no. 6 (January 1, 1999): 1877–94. https://doi.org/10.1029/1999WR900024. Full Text

Vengosh, A., S. Barth, K. G. Heumann, and S. Eisenhut. “Boron isotopic composition of freshwater lakes from central Europe and possible contamination sources.” Acta Hydrochimica Et Hydrobiologica 27, no. 6 (1999): 416–21. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1521-401X(199912)27:6<416::AID-AHEH416>3.0.CO;2-2. Full Text

Vengosh, A., G. J. De Lange, and A. Starinsky. “Boron isotope and geochemical evidence for the origin of Urania and Bannock brines at the eastern Mediterranean: Effect of water-rock interactions.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 62, no. 19–20 (October 1, 1998): 3221–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0016-7037(98)00236-1. Full Text

Vengosh, A. “The isotopic composition of anthropogenic boron and its potential impact on the environment.Biological Trace Element Research 66, no. 1–3 (January 1998): 145–51. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf02783134. Full Text

Vengosh, A., and R. Keren. “Chemical modifications of groundwater contaminated by recharge of treated sewage effluent.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 23, no. 4 (January 1, 1996): 347–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/0169-7722(96)00019-8. Full Text

Vengosh, A., A. R. Chivas, A. Starinsky, Y. Kolodny, Z. Baozhen, and Z. Pengxi. “Chemical and boron isotope compositions of non-marine brines from the Qaidam Basin, Qinghai, China.” Chemical Geology 120, no. 1–2 (February 1, 1995): 135–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/0009-2541(94)00118-R. Full Text

Heumann, K. G., S. Eisenhut, S. Gallus, E. H. Hebeda, R. Nusko, A. Vengosh, and T. Walczyk. “Recent developments in thermal ionization mass spectrometric techniques for isotope analysis.” The Analyst 120, no. 5 (January 1, 1995): 1291–99. https://doi.org/10.1039/AN9952001291. Full Text

Vengosh, A., K. G. Heumann, S. Juraske, and R. Kasher. “Boron isotope application for tracing sources of contamination in groundwater.Environmental Science & Technology 28, no. 11 (October 1994): 1968–74. https://doi.org/10.1021/es00060a030. Full Text