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

Schlesinger, W. H., and A. Vengosh. “Global boron cycle in the Anthropocene.” Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30, no. 2 (February 1, 2016): 219–30. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GB005266. Full Text

Darrah, T. H., R. B. Jackson, A. Vengosh, N. R. Warner, C. J. Whyte, T. B. Walsh, A. J. Kondash, and R. J. Poreda. “The evolution of Devonian hydrocarbon gases in shallow aquifers of the northern Appalachian Basin: Insights from integrating noble gas and hydrocarbon geochemistry.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 170 (December 1, 2015): 321–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2015.09.006. Full Text

Drollette, Brian D., Kathrin Hoelzer, Nathaniel R. Warner, Thomas H. Darrah, Osman Karatum, Megan P. O’Connor, Robert K. Nelson, et al. “Elevated levels of diesel range organic compounds in groundwater near Marcellus gas operations are derived from surface activities.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112, no. 43 (October 12, 2015): 13184–89. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1511474112. Full Text

King, Katherine E., Thomas H. Darrah, Eric Money, Ross Meentemeyer, Rachel L. Maguire, Monica D. Nye, Lloyd Michener, et al. “Geographic clustering of elevated blood heavy metal levels in pregnant women.Bmc Public Health 15 (October 9, 2015): 1035. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2379-9. Full Text

Kondash, A., and A. Vengosh. “Water Footprint of Hydraulic Fracturing.” Environmental Science and Technology Letters 2, no. 10 (September 15, 2015): 276–80. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00211. Full Text

Lauer, Nancy E., James C. Hower, Heileen Hsu-Kim, Ross K. Taggart, and Avner Vengosh. “Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Coals and Coal Combustion Residuals in the United States.Environmental Science & Technology 49, no. 18 (September 2, 2015): 11227–33. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b01978. Full Text

Burke, Katie L., and Avner Vengosh. “First Person: Avner Vengosh.” American Scientist 103, no. 5 (September 1, 2015): 10–14.

Down, A., K. Schreglmann, D. L. Plata, M. Elsner, N. R. Warner, A. Vengosh, K. Moore, D. Coleman, and R. B. Jackson. “Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA.” Applied Geochemistry 60 (September 1, 2015): 3–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.01.018. Full Text

Vidal, Adriana C., Viktoriya Semenova, Thomas Darrah, Avner Vengosh, Zhiqing Huang, Katherine King, Monica D. Nye, et al. “Maternal cadmium, iron and zinc levels, DNA methylation and birth weight.Bmc Pharmacol Toxicol 16 (July 15, 2015): 20. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40360-015-0020-2. Full Text

Elsner, Martin, Kathrin Schreglmann, Wolfgang Calmano, Axel Bergmann, Andrea Vieth-Hillebrand, Franziska D. H. Wilke, Klaus-Michael Wollin, et al. “Comment on the German draft legislation on hydraulic fracturing: the need for an accurate state of knowledge and for independent scientific research.Environmental Science & Technology 49, no. 11 (June 2015): 6367–69. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b01921. Full Text