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.
Bouchaou, L, Warner, NR, Tagma, T, Hssaisoune, M, and Vengosh, A. "The origin of geothermal waters in Morocco: Multiple isotope tracers for delineating sources of water-rock interactions (Accepted)." Applied Geochemistry 84 (September 2017): 244-253.
Harkness, JS, Darrah, TH, Warner, NR, Whyte, CJ, Moore, MT, Millot, R, Kloppmann, W, Jackson, RB, and Vengosh, A. "The geochemistry of naturally occurring methane and saline groundwater in an area of unconventional shale gas development." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 208 (July 2017): 302-334.
Szczuka, A, Parker, KM, Harvey, C, Hayes, E, Vengosh, A, and Mitch, WA. "Regulated and unregulated halogenated disinfection byproduct formation from chlorination of saline groundwater." Water research 122 (June 12, 2017): 633-644.
Luo, Y, McCullough, LE, Tzeng, J-Y, Darrah, T, Vengosh, A, Maguire, RL, Maity, A, Samuel-Hodge, C, Murphy, SK, Mendez, MA, and Hoyo, C. "Maternal blood cadmium, lead and arsenic levels, nutrient combinations, and offspring birthweight." BMC public health 17, no. 1 (April 24, 2017): 354-.


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)