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

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

Weinthal, E., A. Vengosh, A. Marei, A. Gutierrez, and W. Kloppmann. “Authors' reply.” Ground Water 45, no. 6 (November 1, 2007): 662–63. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6584.2007.00376_2.x. Full Text

Weinthal, E., A. Vengosh, A. Marei, A. Gutierrez, and W. Kloppmann. “The water crisis in the Gaza strip: Prospects for resolution.” Ground Water 45, no. 6 (November 1, 2007): 661-U1. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6584.2007.00376.x. Full Text

Vengosh, A., S. Hening, J. Ganor, B. Mayer, C. E. Weyhenmeyer, T. D. Bullen, and A. Paytan. “New isotopic evidence for the origin of groundwater from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer in the Negev, Israel.” Applied Geochemistry 22, no. 5 (May 1, 2007): 1052–73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2007.01.005. Full Text

Farber, E., A. Vengosh, I. Gavrieli, A. Marie, T. D. Bullen, B. Mayer, A. Polak, and U. Shavit. “The geochemistry of groundwater resources in the Jordan Valley: The impact of the Rift Valley brines.” Applied Geochemistry 22, no. 3 (March 1, 2007): 494–514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2006.12.002. Full Text

Vengosh, A. “Rooting out radioactive groundwater.” Geotimes 51, no. 5 (May 1, 2006): 18–21.

Farber, E., A. Vengosh, I. Gavrieli, A. Marie, T. D. Bullen, B. Mayer, R. Holtzman, M. Segal, and U. Shavit. “Management scenarios for the Jordan River salinity crisis.” Applied Geochemistry 20, no. 11 (November 1, 2005): 2138–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2005.07.007. Full Text

Weinthal, E., A. Vengosh, A. Marei, and W. Kloppmann. “The water crisis in the gaza strip: prospects for resolution.Ground Water 43, no. 5 (September 2005): 653–60. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6584.2005.00064.x. Full Text

Holtzman, Ran, Uri Shavit, Michal Segal-Rozenhaimer, Ittai Gavrieli, Amer Marei, Efrat Farber, and Avner Vengosh. “Quantifying ground water inputs along the Lower Jordan River.Journal of Environmental Quality 34, no. 3 (May 2005): 897–906. https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2004.0244. Full Text