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 1986
  • B.S., Hebrew University 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

Coyte, R. M., A. Singh, K. E. Furst, W. A. Mitch, and A. Vengosh. “Co-occurrence of geogenic and anthropogenic contaminants in groundwater from Rajasthan, India.” Science of the Total Environment 688 (October 20, 2019): 1216–27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.334. Full Text

Vengosh, Avner, Ellen A. Cowan, Rachel M. Coyte, Andrew J. Kondash, Zhen Wang, Jessica E. Brandt, and Gary S. Dwyer. “Evidence for unmonitored coal ash spills in Sutton Lake, North Carolina: Implications for contamination of lake ecosystems..” The Science of the Total Environment 686 (October 2019): 1090–1103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.188. Full Text

McMahon, Peter B., Avner Vengosh, Tracy A. Davis, Matthew K. Landon, Rebecca L. Tyne, Michael T. Wright, Justin T. Kulongoski, et al. “Occurrence and Sources of Radium in Groundwater Associated with Oil Fields in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, California..” Environmental Science & Technology, August 7, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b02395. Full Text

Tomlinson, Martha Scott, Paige Bommarito, Andrew George, Sarah Yelton, Peter Cable, Rachel Coyte, Jonathan Karr, Avner Vengosh, Kathleen M. Gray, and Rebecca C. Fry. “Assessment of inorganic contamination of private wells and demonstration of effective filter-based reduction: A pilot-study in Stokes County, North Carolina..” Environmental Research 177 (August 2, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108618. Full Text

Tasker, T. L., W. D. Burgos, M. A. Ajemigbitse, N. E. Lauer, A. V. Gusa, M. Kuatbek, D. May, et al. “Accuracy of methods for reporting inorganic element concentrations and radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters from the Appalachian Basin, U.S. based on an inter-laboratory comparison..” Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts 21, no. 2 (February 2019): 224–41. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8em00359a. Full Text

Plata, Desiree L., Robert B. Jackson, Avner Vengosh, and Paula J. Mouser. “More than a decade of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling research..” Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts 21, no. 2 (February 2019): 193–94. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9em90004g. Full Text

Brandt, J. E., N. E. Lauer, A. Vengosh, E. S. Bernhardt, and R. T. Di Giulio. “Strontium Isotope Ratios in Fish Otoliths as Biogenic Tracers of Coal Combustion Residual Inputs to Freshwater Ecosystems.” Environmental Science and Technology Letters 5, no. 12 (December 11, 2018): 718–23. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00477. Full Text

Ni, Yunyan, Caineng Zou, Huiying Cui, Jian Li, Nancy E. Lauer, Jennifer S. Harkness, Andrew J. Kondash, et al. “Origin of Flowback and Produced Waters from Sichuan Basin, China..” Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 24 (December 2018): 14519–27. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b04345. Full Text

McMahon, P. B., J. T. Kulongoski, A. Vengosh, I. M. Cozzarelli, M. K. Landon, Y. K. Kharaka, J. M. Gillespie, and T. A. Davis. “Regional patterns in the geochemistry of oil-field water, southern San Joaquin Valley, California, USA.” Applied Geochemistry 98 (November 1, 2018): 127–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.09.015. Full Text

Pages

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

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.

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.

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.

Hamouda, MF Ben, A. J. Kondash, N. Lauer, L. Mejri, J. Tarhouni, and A. Vengosh. “Assessment of Groundwater Salinity Mechanisms in the Coastal Aquifer of El Haouaria, Northern Tunisia.” In Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 13:194–98. Elsevier BV, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeps.2015.07.046. Full Text

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

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

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

Tracing Groundwater Contamination Near Coal Ash Ponds in North Carolina awarded by North Carolina State University (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Elucidating Risks: From Exposure and Mechanism to Outcome awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

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