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

Kreuzer, Rebecca L., Thomas H. Darrah, Benjamin S. Grove, Myles T. Moore, Nathaniel R. Warner, William K. Eymold, Colin J. Whyte, et al. “Structural and Hydrogeological Controls on Hydrocarbon and Brine Migration into Drinking Water Aquifers in Southern New York.Ground Water 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 225–44. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12638. Full Text

Eymold, William K., Kelley Swana, Myles T. Moore, Colin J. Whyte, Jennifer S. Harkness, Siep Talma, Ricky Murray, et al. “Hydrocarbon-Rich Groundwater above Shale-Gas Formations: A Karoo Basin Case Study.Ground Water 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 204–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12637. Full Text

Lauer, Nancy E., Nathaniel R. Warner, and Avner Vengosh. “Sources of Radium Accumulation in Stream Sediments near Disposal Sites in Pennsylvania: Implications for Disposal of Conventional Oil and Gas Wastewater.Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 3 (February 2018): 955–62. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b04952. Full Text

Schlesinger, William H., Emily M. Klein, and Avner Vengosh. “Global biogeochemical cycle of vanadium.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 52 (December 11, 2017): E11092–100. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1715500114. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lauer, Nancy, Avner Vengosh, and Shifeng Dai. “Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Uranium-Rich Coals and Associated Coal Combustion Residues from China.Environmental Science & Technology 51, no. 22 (November 8, 2017): 13487–93. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03473. Full Text

Harkness, Jennifer S., Thomas H. Darrah, Myles T. Moore, Colin J. Whyte, Paul D. Mathewson, Tyson Cook, and Avner Vengosh. “Naturally Occurring versus Anthropogenic Sources of Elevated Molybdenum in Groundwater: Evidence for Geogenic Contamination from Southeast Wisconsin, United States.Environmental Science & Technology 51, no. 21 (November 2017): 12190–99. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03716. Full Text

Neville, K. J., J. Baka, S. Gamper-Rabindran, K. Bakker, S. Andreasson, A. Vengosh, A. Lin, J. N. Singh, and E. Weinthal. “Debating Unconventional Energy: Social, Political, and Economic Implications.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42 (October 17, 2017): 241–66. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-061102. Full Text

Rango, Tewodros, Avner Vengosh, Marc Jeuland, Gary M. Whitford, and Redda Tekle-Haimanot. “Biomarkers of chronic fluoride exposure in groundwater in a highly exposed population.The Science of the Total Environment 596–597 (October 2017): 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.021. Full Text

Szczuka, Aleksandra, Kimberly M. Parker, Cassandra Harvey, Erin Hayes, Avner Vengosh, and William A. Mitch. “Regulated and unregulated halogenated disinfection byproduct formation from chlorination of saline groundwater.Water Research 122 (October 2017): 633–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.028. Full Text

Bouchaou, L., N. R. Warner, T. Tagma, M. Hssaisoune, and A. Vengosh. “The origin of geothermal waters in Morocco: Multiple isotope tracers for delineating sources of water-rock interactions.” Applied Geochemistry 84 (September 1, 2017): 244–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.07.004. Full Text