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

Merola, R. B., T. T. Hien, D. T. T. Quyen, and A. Vengosh. “Arsenic exposure to drinking water in the Mekong Delta.The Science of the Total Environment 511 (April 2015): 544–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.12.091. Full Text

Nir, O., A. Vengosh, J. S. Harkness, G. S. Dwyer, and O. Lahav. “Direct measurement of the boron isotope fractionation factor: Reducing the uncertainty in reconstructing ocean paleo-pH.” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 414 (March 5, 2015): 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.006. Full Text

Harkness, Jennifer S., Gary S. Dwyer, Nathaniel R. Warner, Kimberly M. Parker, William A. Mitch, and Avner Vengosh. “Iodide, bromide, and ammonium in hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas wastewaters: environmental implications.Environmental Science & Technology 49, no. 3 (February 2015): 1955–63. https://doi.org/10.1021/es504654n. Full Text

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, 2015): 77–93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-014-3396-1. Full Text

Darrah, Thomas H., Robert B. Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, and Robert J. Poreda. “Noble gases: a new technique for fugitive gas investigation in groundwater.Ground Water 53, no. 1 (January 2015): 23–28.

Ruhl, Laura S., Gary S. Dwyer, Heileen Hsu-Kim, James C. Hower, and Avner Vengosh. “Boron and strontium isotopic characterization of coal combustion residuals: validation of new environmental tracers.Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 24 (December 4, 2014): 14790–98. https://doi.org/10.1021/es503746v. Full Text Open Access Copy

Warner, N. R., T. H. Darrah, R. B. Jackson, R. Millot, W. Kloppmann, and A. Vengosh. “New tracers identify hydraulic fracturing fluids and accidental releases from oil and gas operations.Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 21 (November 2014): 12552–60. https://doi.org/10.1021/es5032135. Full Text

Leslie, D., W. Berry Lyons, N. Warner, A. Vengosh, J. Olesik, K. Welch, and K. Deuerling. “Boron isotopic geochemistry of the McMurdo Dry Valley lakes, Antarctica.” Chemical Geology 386 (October 29, 2014): 152–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.08.016. Full Text

Rango, Tewodros, Avner Vengosh, Marc Jeuland, Redda Tekle-Haimanot, Erika Weinthal, Julia Kravchenko, Christopher Paul, and Peter McCornick. “Fluoride exposure from groundwater as reflected by urinary fluoride and children's dental fluorosis in the Main Ethiopian Rift Valley.Sci Total Environ 496 (October 15, 2014): 188–97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.07.048. Full Text

Parker, Kimberly M., Teng Zeng, Jennifer Harkness, Avner Vengosh, and William A. Mitch. “Enhanced formation of disinfection byproducts in shale gas wastewater-impacted drinking water supplies.Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 19 (October 2014): 11161–69. https://doi.org/10.1021/es5028184. Full Text