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


Vinson, DS, Lundy, JR, Dwyer, GS, and Vengosh, A. "Radium isotope response to aquifer storage and recovery in a sandstone aquifer (Accepted)." Applied Geochemistry 91 (April 1, 2018): 54-63.
Schlesinger, WH, Klein, EM, and Vengosh, A. "Reply to Selin: Human impacts on the atmospheric burden of trace metals." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115, no. 12 (March 6, 2018): E2668-.
Kreuzer, RL, Darrah, TH, Grove, BS, Moore, MT, Warner, NR, Eymold, WK, Whyte, CJ, Mitra, G, Jackson, RB, Vengosh, A, and Poreda, RJ. "Structural and Hydrogeological Controls on Hydrocarbon and Brine Migration into Drinking Water Aquifers in Southern New York." Ground water 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 225-244.
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 56, no. 2 (March 2018): 187-203.
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." Applied Geochemistry 90 (March 1, 2018): 50-62.

Recent Grants


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)

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)