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


McMahon, PB, Kulongoski, JT, Vengosh, A, Cozzarelli, IM, Landon, MK, Kharaka, YK, Gillespie, JM, and Davis, TA. "Regional patterns in the geochemistry of oil-field water, southern San Joaquin Valley, California, USA(Accepted)." Applied Geochemistry 98 (November 1, 2018): 127-140.
Coyte, RM, and Vengosh, A. "Response to Comments on "Large-Scale Uranium Contamination of Groundwater Resources in India"." Environmental Science & Technology Letters 5, no. 9 (September 1, 2018): 593-594. (Letter)
Kondash, AJ, Lauer, NE, and Vengosh, A. "The intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing." Science Advances 4, no. 8 (August 15, 2018): eaar5982-null.
Zou, C, Ni, Y, Li, J, Kondash, A, Coyte, R, Lauer, N, Cui, H, Liao, F, and Vengosh, A. "The water footprint of hydraulic fracturing in Sichuan Basin, China." The Science of the Total Environment 630 (July 2018): 349-356.
Schwartz, GE, Hower, JC, Phillips, AL, Rivera, N, Vengosh, A, and Hsu-Kim, H. "Ranking Coal Ash Materials for Their Potential to Leach Arsenic and Selenium: Relative Importance of Ash Chemistry and Site Biogeochemistry." Environmental Engineering Science 35, no. 7 (July 2018): 728-738.

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)

Research@Nicholas: Coal Ash & Fracking Impacts

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)