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, NE, Hower, JC, Hsu-Kim, H, Taggart, RK, and Vengosh, A. <a href="https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1089855">"Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Coals and Coal Combustion Residuals in the United States."</a> <em>Environmental science & technology</em> 49, no. 18 (September 2, 2015): 11227-11233.</em>

Down, A, Schreglmann, K, Plata, DL, Elsner, M, Warner, NR, Vengosh, A, Moore, K, Coleman, D, and Jackson, RB. <a href="https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1062282">"Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA."</a> <em>Applied Geochemistry</em> 60 (September 2015): 3-13.</em>

Elsner, M, Schreglmann, K, Calmano, W, Bergmann, A, Vieth-Hillebrand, A, Wilke, FD, Wollin, KM, Georgi, A, Schmidt, W, Hofmann, T, Micić, V, Vengosh, A, and Mayer, B. <a href="https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1073278">"Comment on the German draft legislation on hydraulic fracturing: the need for an accurate state of knowledge and for independent scientific research."</a> <em>Environmental science & technology</em> 49, no. 11 (June 2015): 6367-6369.</em>

Merola, RB, Hien, TT, Quyen, DT, and Vengosh, A. <a href="https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1056526">"Arsenic exposure to drinking water in the Mekong Delta."</a> <em>The Science of the total environment</em> 511 (April 2015): 544-552.</em>

Nir, O, Vengosh, A, Harkness, JS, Dwyer, GS, and Lahav, O. <a href="https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1057801">"Direct measurement of the boron isotope fractionation factor: Reducing the uncertainty in reconstructing ocean paleo-pH."</a> <em>Earth and Planetary Science Letters</em> 414 (March 2015): 1-5.</em>


ENVIRON 406: Israel Experience: Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (ENVIRON 406: Israel Experience: Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation)
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)

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)