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

Bartov, Gideon, Amrika Deonarine, Thomas M. Johnson, Laura Ruhl, Avner Vengosh, and Heileen Hsu-Kim. “Environmental impacts of the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston coal ash spill. 1. Source apportionment using mercury stable isotopes.Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 4 (February 2013): 2092–99. https://doi.org/10.1021/es303111p. Full Text

Warner, N. R., R. B. Jackson, T. H. Darrah, S. G. Osborn, A. Down, K. Zhao, A. White, and A. Vengosh. “Reply to Engelder: Potential for fluid migration from the Marcellus Formation remains possible.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109, no. 52 (December 26, 2012). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1217974110. Full Text

Ruhl, Laura, Avner Vengosh, Gary S. Dwyer, Heileen Hsu-Kim, Grace Schwartz, Autumn Romanski, and S Daniel Smith. “The impact of coal combustion residue effluent on water resources: a North Carolina example.Environmental Science & Technology 46, no. 21 (November 2012): 12226–33. https://doi.org/10.1021/es303263x. Full Text

Rango, Tewodros, Julia Kravchenko, Behailu Atlaw, Peter G. McCornick, Marc Jeuland, Brittany Merola, and Avner Vengosh. “Groundwater quality and its health impact: An assessment of dental fluorosis in rural inhabitants of the Main Ethiopian Rift.Environ Int 43 (August 2012): 37–47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2012.03.002. Full Text

Warner, Nathaniel R., Robert B. Jackson, Thomas H. Darrah, Stephen G. Osborn, Adrian Down, Kaiguang Zhao, Alissa White, and Avner Vengosh. “Geochemical evidence for possible natural migration of Marcellus Formation brine to shallow aquifers in Pennsylvania.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109, no. 30 (July 9, 2012): 11961–66. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1121181109. Full Text

Adair, S. K., B. R. Pearson, J. Monast, A. Vengosh, and R. B. Jackson. “Considering shale gas extraction in North Carolina: Lessons from other states.” Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum 22, no. 2 (June 21, 2012): 257–301.

Ettayfi, N., L. Bouchaou, J. L. Michelot, T. Tagma, N. Warner, S. Boutaleb, M. Massault, Z. Lgourna, and A. Vengosh. “Geochemical and isotopic (oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, strontium) constraints for the origin, salinity, and residence time of groundwater from a carbonate aquifer in the Western Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco.” Journal of Hydrology 438–439 (May 17, 2012): 97–111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.03.003. Full Text

Lindberg, T Ty, Emily S. Bernhardt, Raven Bier, A. M. Helton, R Brittany Merola, Avner Vengosh, and Richard T. Di Giulio. “Cumulative impacts of mountaintop mining on an Appalachian watershed.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, no. 52 (December 12, 2011): 20929–34. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1112381108. Full Text