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

Jackson, R. B., S. G. Osborn, A. Vengosh, and N. R. Warner. “Reply to Davies: Hydraulic fracturing remains a possible mechanism for observed methane contamination of drinking water.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, no. 43 (October 25, 2011). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1113768108. Full Text

Plikunas, S., B. R. Pearson, J. Monast, A. Vengosh, and R. B. Jackson. “Working paper from Duke University identifies environmental issues related to shale gas for focus of regulatory action in North Carolina.” Water Resources Research Institute News of the University of North Carolina, no. 376 (October 1, 2011): 7.

Osborn, S. G., A. Vengosh, N. R. Warner, and R. B. Jackson. “Reply to Saba and Orzechowski and Schon: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gaswell drilling and hydraulic fracturing.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, no. 37 (September 13, 2011). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1109270108. Full Text

Vengosh, A., David S. Vinson, Haylee G. Schwartz, and Gary S. Dwyer. “Evaluating salinity sources of groundwater and implications for sustainable reverse osmosis desalination in coastal North Carolina, USA.” Hydrogeology Journal 19, no. 5 (August 1, 2011): 981–94. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-011-0738-x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Osborn, Stephen G., Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, and Robert B. Jackson. “Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, no. 20 (May 9, 2011): 8172–76. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1100682108. Full Text Open Access Copy

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

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 (Submitted).” Pnas, 2011.