Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
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
Harkness, JS, Warner, NR, Ulrich, A, Millot, R, Kloppmann, W, Ahad, JME, Savard, MM, Gammon, P, and Vengosh, A. "Characterization of the boron, lithium, and strontium isotopic variations of oil sands process-affected water in Alberta, Canada (Accepted)." Applied Geochemistry 90 (March 1, 2018): 50-62.
Harkness, JS, Swana, K, Eymold, WK, Miller, J, Murray, R, Talma, S, Whyte, CJ, Moore, MT, Maletic, EL, Vengosh, A, and Darrah, TH. "Pre-drill Groundwater Geochemistry in the Karoo Basin, South Africa." Ground water (January 30, 2018).
Lauer, NE, Warner, NR, and Vengosh, A. "Sources of Radium Accumulation in Stream Sediments near Disposal Sites in Pennsylvania: Implications for Disposal of Conventional Oil and Gas Wastewater." Environmental science & technology (January 4, 2018).
Schlesinger, WH, Klein, EM, and Vengosh, A. "Global biogeochemical cycle of vanadium." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 52 (December 11, 2017): E11092-E11100.
Lauer, N, Vengosh, A, and Dai, S. "Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Uranium-Rich Coals and Associated Coal Combustion Residues from China." Environmental science & technology 51, no. 22 (November 8, 2017): 13487-13493.
Assessing potential human health impacts associated with the use of oilfield produced water for crop irrigation awarded by Department of Agriculture
EAGER: The occurrence and distribution of hexavalent chromium and other contaminants in groundwater from aquifers of the Eastern United States awarded by National Science Foundation
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)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
EOS 394: Research Independent Study (EOS 394: Research Independent Study)
Durham, NC 27708-0230
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Durham, NC 27708
Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) (1990)
M.S., Hebrew University (1986)
B.S., Hebrew University (1984)