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, Avner, Robert B. Jackson, Nathaniel Warner, Thomas H. Darrah, and Andrew Kondash. “A critical review of the risks to water resources from unconventional shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing in the United States.Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 15 (January 2014): 8334–48. https://doi.org/10.1021/es405118y. Full Text

Merola, R. B., J. Kravchenko, T. Rango, and A. Vengosh. “Arsenic exposure of rural populations from the Rift Valley of Ethiopia as monitored by keratin in toenails.” Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 24, no. 2 (2014): 121–26.

Lgourna, Z., N. Warner, L. Bouchaou, S. Boutaleb, M. Hssaisoune, T. Tagma, N. Ettayfi, and A. Vengosh. “Elucidating the sources and mechanisms of groundwater salinization in the Ziz Basin of southeastern Morocco.” Environmental Earth Sciences 73, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 77–93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-014-3396-1. Full Text

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