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


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.
Neville, KJ, Baka, J, Gamper-Rabindran, S, Bakker, K, Andreasson, S, Vengosh, A, Lin, A, Singh, JN, and Weinthal, E. "Debating Unconventional Energy: Social, Political, and Economic Implications." Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42, no. 1 (October 17, 2017): 241-266.
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 (October 2017): 633-644.
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.
Vengosh, A, Mitch, WA, and McKenzie, LM. "Environmental and Human Impacts of Unconventional Energy Development." Environmental Science & Technology 51, no. 18 (September 2017): 10271-10273.


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)