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
Phone: 
(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.

Education

  • Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) 1990
  • M.S., Hebrew University (Israel) 1986
  • B.S., Hebrew University (Israel) 1984

Jackson, R. B., A. Vengosh, J. W. Carey, R. J. Davies, T. H. Darrah, F. O’Sullivan, and G. Pétron. The environmental costs and benefits of fracking. Vol. 39, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-031113-144051. Full Text

Weinthal, Erika, Avner Vengosh, and Kate Neville. “The Nexus of Energy and Water Quality.” Oxford University Press, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199335084.013.26. Full Text

Vinson, D. S., J. R. Lundy, G. S. Dwyer, and A. Vengosh. “Sr isotopes, hydrogeologic setting, and water-rock interaction in the Mt. Simon Sandstone (Minnesota, USA).” In Water-Rock Interaction, 111–14, 2010.

Vengosh, A. “Salinization and Saline Environments.” In Treatise on Geochemistry, 9–9:1–35, 2003. https://doi.org/10.1016/B0-08-043751-6/09051-4. Full Text

Kondash, Andrew J., Jennifer Hoponick Redmon, Elisabetta Lambertini, Laura Feinstein, Erika Weinthal, Luis Cabrales, and Avner Vengosh. “The impact of using low-saline oilfield produced water for irrigation on water and soil quality in California.The Science of the Total Environment 733 (September 2020): 139392. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139392. Full Text

Wang, Z., R. M. Coyte, G. S. Dwyer, L. S. Ruhl, H. Hsu-Kim, J. C. Hower, and A. Vengosh. “Distinction of strontium isotope ratios between water-soluble and bulk coal fly ash from the United States.” International Journal of Coal Geology 222 (April 1, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2020.103464. Full Text

Coyte, Rachel M., Kristen L. McKinley, Sheng Jiang, Jonathan Karr, Gary S. Dwyer, Amy J. Keyworth, Christina C. Davis, Andrew J. Kondash, and Avner Vengosh. “Occurrence and distribution of hexavalent chromium in groundwater from North Carolina, USA.The Science of the Total Environment 711 (April 2020): 135135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135135. Full Text

Filippelli, G., R. R. Colwell, S. Anenberg, J. Balbus, D. Ceccarelli, K. A. Hudson-Edwards, A. Jutla, C. Miao, P. A. Sandifer, and A. Vengosh. “Thank You to Our 2019 Peer Reviewers.” Geohealth 4, no. 3 (March 1, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GH000250. Full Text

Wang, Z., G. S. Dwyer, D. S. Coleman, and A. Vengosh. “Lead Isotopes as a New Tracer for Detecting Coal Fly Ash in the Environment.” Environmental Science and Technology Letters 6, no. 12 (December 10, 2019): 714–19. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.9b00512. Full Text

Kondash, A. J., D. Patino-Echeverri, and A. Vengosh. “Quantification of the water-use reduction associated with the transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector.” Environmental Research Letters 14, no. 12 (December 4, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab4d71. Full Text

Coyte, Rachel M., Anjali Singh, Kirin E. Furst, William A. Mitch, and Avner Vengosh. “Co-occurrence of geogenic and anthropogenic contaminants in groundwater from Rajasthan, India.The Science of the Total Environment 688 (October 2019): 1216–27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.334. Full Text

Pages

Furst, Kirin, Rachel Coyte, Dan Smith, Jenna Davis, Avner Vengosh, and William Mitch. “Is it time to move beyond the trihalomethane paradigm in developing countries? Lessons learned from wastewater-impacted drinking waters in South Asia.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 258. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2019.

Vengosh, Avner. “Water quality as an additional factor for the energy-water nexus: Distribution of contaminants in water impacted by fossil fuels activities.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 255. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2018.

Lauer, Nancy, Avner Vengosh, and Shifeng Dai. “Naturally occurring radioactive materials in coals and coal ash in China.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 255. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2018.

Vengosh, Avner, and Andrew Kondash. “Risks for reuse of unconventional oil and gas wastewater.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 255. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2018.

Vengosh, Avner, Andrew Kondash, Jennie Harkness, Nancy Lauer, Nathaniel Warner, and Thomas H. Darrah. “The Geochemistry of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids.” In Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 17:21–24. Elsevier BV, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeps.2016.12.011. Full Text

Darrah, Thomas, Robert Jackson, Robert Poreda, Karlis Muehlenbachs, Nathaniel Warner, Colin Whyte, and Avner Vengosh. “Using noble gas geochemistry to determine the source and mechanism of natural gas leakage into shallow aquifers near unconventional drilling.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 251. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2016.

Esser, Bradley, Harry Beller, Susan Carroll, John Cherry, Jan Gillespie, Robert Jackson, Preston Jordan, et al. “Groundwater monitoring for oil and gas development under California SB4.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 251. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2016.

Lauer, Nancy, Jennifer Harkness, and Avner Vengosh. “Geochemical characterization of brine spills associated with hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 251. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2016.

Drollette, Brian, Kathrin Schreglmann, Nathaniel Warner, Thomas Darrah, Megan O’Connor, Osman Karatum, Robert Nelson, et al. “Trace levels of diesel range organic compounds in shallow groundwater wells in northeastern Pennsylvania elevated near Marcellus shale gas wells.” In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 249. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2015.

Vengosh, Avner, Nathaniel R. Warner, Andrew Kondash, Jennifer S. Harkness, Nancy Lauer, Romain Millot, Wolfram Kloppman, and Thomas H. Darrah. “Isotopic Fingerprints for Delineating the Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids.” In Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 13:244–47. Elsevier BV, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeps.2015.07.057. Full Text

Pages

Jackson, R. B., A. Vengosh, J. W. Carey, R. J. Davies, T. H. Darrah, F. O’Sullivan, and G. Petron. “The environmental costs and benefits of fracking.” Petroleum Abstracts, January 1, 2016.

Down, A., K. Schreglmann, D. L. Plata, M. Elsner, N. R. Warner, A. Vengosh, K. Moore, D. Coleman, and R. B. Jackson. “Ground water: Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA.” Petroleum Abstracts, January 1, 2016.

Selected Grants

USGS Oil and Gas Isotopic Samples Analyses awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2025

Gas and Oil Isotope Sample Analysis awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021

Geochemical characteristics of formation water in China awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

An Investigation of Elemental Coal Ash Contamination of Soils in Iredell County, NC awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Co-Principal Investigator). 2020

Assessing potential human health impacts associated with the use of oilfield produced water for crop irrigation awarded by Department of Agriculture (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Gas and Oil Isotopic Analysis awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Duke University Program in Environmental Health awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Mentor). 2013 to 2019

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