Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
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
Sowers, J., A. Vengosh, and E. Weinthal. “Climate change, water resources, and the politics of adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa.” Climatic Change 104, no. 3–4 (February 1, 2011): 599–627. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-010-9835-4. Full Text Open Access Copy
Osborn, S., A. Vengosh, N. Warner, and R. Jackson. “Reply to Saba and Orzechowski and Schon: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas- well drilling and hydraulic fracturing.” Pnas 108 (2011): 8172–76.
Warner, Nathaniel R., Robert B. Jackson, Stephen G. Osborn, Adrian Down, Kaiguang Zhao, and Avner Vengosh. “GEOCHEMICAL EVIDENCE FOR NATURAL MIGRATION OF MARCELLUS-LIKE BRINE TO SHALLOW DRINKING-WATER IN PENNSYLVANIA.” Pnas, 2011.
Vengosh, A. “The tennessee valley authority's kingston ash slide: Potential water quality impacts of coal combustion waste storage,” December 1, 2010, 113–20.
Vengosh, A. “Boron isotopes as a proxy for carbonate dissolution in groundwater - Radiocarbon correction models.” Water Rock Interaction Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Water Rock Interaction, Wri 13, December 1, 2010, 107–10.
Vinson, D. S., J. R. Lundy, G. S. Dwyer, and A. Vengosh. “Sr isotopes, hydrogeologic setting, and water-rock interaction in the Mt. Simon sandstone (Minnesota, USA).” Water Rock Interaction Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Water Rock Interaction, Wri 13, December 1, 2010, 111–14.
Ruhl, Laura, Avner Vengosh, Gary S. Dwyer, Heileen Hsu-Kim, and Amrika Deonarine. “Environmental impacts of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee: an 18-month survey.” Environmental Science & Technology 44, no. 24 (December 2010): 9272–78. https://doi.org/10.1021/es1026739. Full Text Open Access Copy
Pratson, Elizabeth, Avner Vengosh, Gary Dwyer, Lincoln Pratson, and Emily Klein. “The Effectiveness of Arsenic Remediation from Groundwater in a Private Home.” Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation 30, no. 1 (2010): 87–93. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6592.2009.01269.x. Full Text
Bouchaou, L., J. L. Michelot, M. Qurtobi, N. Zine, C. B. Gaye, P. K. Aggarwal, H. Marah, A. Zerouali, H. Taleb, and A. Vengosh. “Origin and residence time of groundwater in the Tadla basin (Morocco) using multiple isotopic and geochemical tools.” Journal of Hydrology 379, no. 3–4 (December 30, 2009): 323–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.10.019. Full Text
Ruhl, Laura, Avner Vengosh, Gary S. Dwyer, Heileen Hsu-Kim, Amrika Deonarine, Mike Bergin, and Julia Kravchenko. “Survey of the potential environmental and health impacts in the immediate aftermath of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.” Environ Sci Technol 43, no. 16 (August 15, 2009): 6326–33. https://doi.org/10.1021/es900714p. Full Text Open Access Copy