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

Vengosh, A., David S. Vinson, Haylee G. Schwartz, and Gary S. Dwyer. “Evaluating salinity sources of groundwater and implications for sustainable reverse osmosis desalination in coastal North Carolina, USA.” Hydrogeology Journal 19, no. 5 (August 1, 2011): 981–94. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-011-0738-x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Osborn, Stephen G., Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, and Robert B. Jackson. “Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, no. 20 (May 9, 2011): 8172–76. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1100682108. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sowers, J., A. Vengosh, and E. Weinthal. “Climate change, water resources, and the politics of adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa.” Climatic Change 104, no. 3–4 (February 1, 2011): 599–627. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-010-9835-4. Full Text Open Access Copy

Warner, Nathaniel R., Robert B. Jackson, Stephen G. Osborn, Adrian Down, Kaiguang Zhao, and Avner Vengosh. “GEOCHEMICAL EVIDENCE FOR NATURAL MIGRATION OF MARCELLUS-LIKE BRINE TO SHALLOW DRINKING-WATER IN PENNSYLVANIA (Submitted).” Pnas, 2011.

Ruhl, Laura, Avner Vengosh, Gary S. Dwyer, Heileen Hsu-Kim, and Amrika Deonarine. “Environmental impacts of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee: an 18-month survey.Environmental Science & Technology 44, no. 24 (December 2010): 9272–78. https://doi.org/10.1021/es1026739. Full Text Open Access Copy

Vengosh, A. “Boron isotopes as a proxy for carbonate dissolution in groundwater - Radiocarbon correction models.” Water Rock Interaction  Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Water Rock Interaction, Wri 13, December 1, 2010, 107–10.

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).” Water Rock Interaction  Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Water Rock Interaction, Wri 13, December 1, 2010, 111–14.