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. Starinsky, Y. Kolodny, and A. R. Chivas. “Boron isotope geochemistry as a tracer for the evolution of brines and associated hot springs from the Dead Sea, Israel.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 55, no. 6 (January 1, 1991): 1689–95. https://doi.org/10.1016/0016-7037(91)90139-V. Full Text

Vengosh, A., Y. Kolodny, A. Starinsky, A. R. Chivas, and M. T. McCulloch. “Coprecipitation and isotopic fractionation of boron in modern biogenic carbonates.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 55, no. 10 (January 1, 1991): 2901–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/0016-7037(91)90455-E. Full Text

Vengosh, A., A. R. Chivas, and M. T. McCulloch. “Direct determination of boron and chlorine isotopic compositions in geological materials by negative thermal-ionization mass spectrometry.” Chemical Geology: Isotope Geoscience Section 79, no. 4 (September 25, 1989): 333–43. https://doi.org/10.1016/0168-9622(89)90039-0. Full Text

Vengosh, A., Y. Kolodny, and M. Tepperberg. “Multi-phase oxygen isotopic analysis as a tracer of diagenesis: The example of the mishash formation, cretaceous of Israel.” Chemical Geology: Isotope Geoscience Section 65, no. 3–4 (August 20, 1987): 235–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/0168-9622(87)90006-6. Full Text