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

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

Vengosh, A., A. Starinsky, and A. R. Chivas. “Boron isotopes in Heletz-Kokhav oilfield brines, the Coastal Plain, Israel.” Israel Journal of Earth Sciences 43, no. 3–4 (January 1, 1994): 231–37.

Vengosh, A., A. Starinsky, and D. A. Anati. “The origin of Mediterranean interstitial waters-relics of ancient Miocene brines: A re-evaluation.” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 121, no. 3–4 (January 1, 1994): 613–27. https://doi.org/10.1016/0012-821X(94)90095-7. Full Text

Vengosh, A., A. Starinsky, Y. Kolodny, and A. R. Chivas. “Boron isotope geochemistry of thermal springs from the northern Rift Valley, Israel.” Journal of Hydrology 162, no. 1–2 (January 1, 1994): 155–69. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-1694(94)90009-4. Full Text

Vengosh, A., and E. Rosenthal. “Saline groundwater in Israel: its bearing on the water crisis in the country.” Journal of Hydrology 156, no. 1–4 (January 1, 1994): 389–430. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-1694(94)90087-6. Full Text

Vengosh, A., and A. Ben-Zvi. “Formation of a salt plume in the Coastal Plain aquifer of Israel: the Be'er Toviyya region.” Journal of Hydrology 160, no. 1–4 (January 1, 1994): 21–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-1694(94)90032-9. Full Text

Vengosh, A., and A. Starinsky. “Relics of evaporated sea water in deep basins of the Eastern Mediterranean.” Marine Geology 115, no. 1–2 (January 1, 1993): 15–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/0025-3227(93)90071-3. Full Text