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
(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

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

Vinson, David S., James R. Lundy, Gary S. Dwyer, and Avner Vengosh. “Coupled use of Sr and Ra isotopes to assess Ra mobility and water-rock interaction in sandstone aquifers.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 73, no. 13 (June 1, 2009): A1387–A1387.

Tagma, T., L. Bouchaou, W. Nathaniel, D. Vison, Y. Hsissou, S. Boutaleb, G. Dywer, Z. Lgourna, N. Ettayfi, and A. Vengosh. “Water quality and radium isotope results from the Souss-Massa basin, Morocco.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 73, no. 13 (June 1, 2009): A1305–A1305.

Vengosh, Avner, Gary S. Dwyer, Omar Rimawi, Abdallah Al-Zoubi, Amer Marie, and Jiwchar Ganor. “The origin of fossil groundwater from the Nubian sandstone aquifers in the Middle East: A multi-isotope (Ra, B, Sr, S, O, H) investigation.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 73, no. 13 (June 1, 2009): A1377–A1377.

Vengosh, Avner, Daniella Hirschfeld, David Vinson, Gary Dwyer, Hadas Raanan, Omar Rimawi, Abdallah Al-Zoubi, et al. “High naturally occurring radioactivity in fossil groundwater from the Middle East.Environmental Science & Technology 43, no. 6 (March 2009): 1769–75. https://doi.org/10.1021/es802969r. Full Text

Raanan, H., A. Vengosh, A. Paytan, A. Nishri, and Z. Kabala. “Quantifying saline groundwater flow into a freshwater lake using the Ra isotope quartet: A case study from the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), Israel.” Limnology and Oceanography 54, no. 1 (January 1, 2009): 119–31. https://doi.org/10.4319/lo.2009.54.1.0119. Full Text

Vinson, D. S., T. R. Campbell, and A. Vengosh. “Radon transfer from groundwater used in showers to indoor air.” Applied Geochemistry 23, no. 9 (September 1, 2008): 2676–85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2008.05.021. Full Text

Kloppmann, Wolfram, Avner Vengosh, Catherine Guerrot, Romain Millot, and Irena Pankratov. “Isotope and ion selectivity in reverse osmosis desalination: geochemical tracers for man-made freshwater.Environmental Science & Technology 42, no. 13 (July 2008): 4723–31. https://doi.org/10.1021/es7028894. Full Text

Bouchaou, L., J. L. Michelot, A. Vengosh, Y. Hsissou, M. Qurtobi, C. B. Gaye, T. D. Bullen, and G. M. Zuppi. “Application of multiple isotopic and geochemical tracers for investigation of recharge, salinization, and residence time of water in the Souss-Massa aquifer, southwest of Morocco.” Journal of Hydrology 352, no. 3–4 (May 15, 2008): 267–87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.01.022. Full Text