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

Liu, Yu-Ting, Tsan-Yao Chen, William Greer Mackebee, Laura Ruhl, Avner Vengosh, and Heileen Hsu-Kim. “Selenium speciation in coal ash spilled at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston site.Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 24 (December 4, 2013): 14001–9. https://doi.org/10.1021/es4041557. Full Text

Foster, G. L., B. Hönisch, G. Paris, G. S. Dwyer, J. W. B. Rae, T. Elliott, J. O. Gaillardet, N. G. Hemming, P. Louvat, and A. Vengosh. “Interlaboratory comparison of boron isotope analyses of boric acid, seawater and marine CaCO3 by MC-ICPMS and NTIMS.” Chemical Geology 358 (November 4, 2013): 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.08.027. Full Text

Vinson, D. S., T. Tagma, L. Bouchaou, G. S. Dwyer, N. R. Warner, and A. Vengosh. “Occurrence and mobilization of radium in fresh to saline coastal groundwater inferred from geochemical and isotopic tracers (Sr, S, O, H, Ra, Rn).” Applied Geochemistry 38 (November 1, 2013): 161–75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.09.004. Full Text

Warner, Nathaniel R., Cidney A. Christie, Robert B. Jackson, and Avner Vengosh. “Impacts of shale gas wastewater disposal on water quality in western Pennsylvania.Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 20 (October 2, 2013): 11849–57. https://doi.org/10.1021/es402165b. Full Text Open Access Copy

Rango, Tewodros, Avner Vengosh, Gary Dwyer, and Gianluca Bianchini. “Mobilization of arsenic and other naturally occurring contaminants in groundwater of the Main Ethiopian Rift aquifers.Water Research 47, no. 15 (October 2013): 5801–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2013.07.002. Full Text

Vengosh, Avner, T Ty Lindberg, Brittany R. Merola, Laura Ruhl, Nathaniel R. Warner, Alissa White, Gary S. Dwyer, and Richard T. Di Giulio. “Isotopic imprints of mountaintop mining contaminants.Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 17 (September 2013): 10041–48. https://doi.org/10.1021/es4012959. Full Text Open Access Copy

Warner, N. R., T. M. Kresse, P. D. Hays, A. Down, J. D. Karr, R. B. Jackson, and A. Vengosh. “Geochemical and isotopic variations in shallow groundwater in areas of the Fayetteville Shale development, north-central Arkansas.” Applied Geochemistry 35 (August 1, 2013): 207–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.04.013. Full Text

Warner, N., Z. Lgourna, L. Bouchaou, S. Boutaleb, T. Tagma, M. Hsaissoune, and A. Vengosh. “Integration of geochemical and isotopic tracers for elucidating water sources and salinization of shallow aquifers in the sub-Saharan Drâa Basin, Morocco.” Applied Geochemistry 34 (July 1, 2013): 140–51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.03.005. Full Text

Jackson, Robert B., Avner Vengosh, Thomas H. Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner, Adrian Down, Robert J. Poreda, Stephen G. Osborn, Kaiguang Zhao, and Jonathan D. Karr. “Increased stray gas abundance in a subset of drinking water wells near Marcellus shale gas extraction.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110, no. 28 (July 2013): 11250–55. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1221635110. Full Text

Deonarine, Amrika, Gideon Bartov, Thomas M. Johnson, Laura Ruhl, Avner Vengosh, and Heileen Hsu-Kim. “Environmental impacts of the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston coal ash spill. 2. Effect of coal ash on methylmercury in historically contaminated river sediments.Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 4 (February 2013): 2100–2108. https://doi.org/10.1021/es303639d. Full Text