Avner Vengosh

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

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.

In The News


Rango, T, Vengosh, A, Jeuland, M, Whitford, GM, and Tekle-Haimanot, R. "Biomarkers of chronic fluoride exposure in groundwater in a highly exposed population." The Science of the total environment 596-597 (October 2017): 1-11.
Kondash, AJ, Albright, E, and Vengosh, A. "Quantity of flowback and produced waters from unconventional oil and gas exploration." The Science of the total environment 574 (January 2017): 314-321.
Vengosh, A, Coyte, R, Karr, J, Harkness, JS, Kondash, AJ, Ruhl, LS, Merola, RB, and Dywer, GS. "Origin of Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water Wells from the Piedmont Aquifers of North Carolina." Environmental Science & Technology Letters 3, no. 12 (December 13, 2016): 409-414.
Schwartz, GE, Redfern, LK, Ikuma, K, Gunsch, CK, Ruhl, LS, Vengosh, A, and Hsu-Kim, H. "Impacts of coal ash on methylmercury production and the methylating microbial community in anaerobic sediment slurries." Environmental science. Processes & impacts 18, no. 11 (November 2016): 1427-1439.
Harkness, JS, Sulkin, B, and Vengosh, A. "Evidence for Coal Ash Ponds Leaking in the Southeastern United States." Environmental science & technology 50, no. 12 (June 10, 2016): 6583-6592.


GLHLTH 534: Water Quality Health (GLHLTH 534: Water Quality Health)
ENERGY 524: Water Quality Health (ENERGY 524: Water Quality Health)
EOS 524: Water Quality Health (EOS 524: Water Quality Health)
ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)

Contact Information

Box 90230
Durham, NC 27708-0230
205 Old Chemistry Bldg
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) (1990)
M.S., Hebrew University (1986)
B.S., Hebrew University (1984)