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


Tasker, TL, Burgos, WD, Ajemigbitse, MA, Lauer, NE, Gusa, AV, Kuatbek, M, May, D, Landis, JD, Alessi, DS, Johnsen, AM, Kaste, JM, Headrick, KL, Wilke, FDH, McNeal, M, Engle, M, Jubb, AM, Vidic, RD, Vengosh, A, and Warner, NR. "Accuracy of methods for reporting inorganic element concentrations and radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters from the Appalachian Basin, U.S. based on an inter-laboratory comparison." Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts 21, no. 2 (February 2019): 224-241.
Plata, DL, Jackson, RB, Vengosh, A, and Mouser, PJ. "More than a decade of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling research." Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts 21, no. 2 (February 2019): 193-194.
Brandt, JE, Lauer, NE, Vengosh, A, Bernhardt, ES, and Di Giulio, RT. "Strontium Isotope Ratios in Fish Otoliths as Biogenic Tracers of Coal Combustion Residual Inputs to Freshwater Ecosystems." Environmental Science and Technology Letters 5, no. 12 (December 11, 2018): 718-723.
Ni, Y, Zou, C, Cui, H, Li, J, Lauer, NE, Harkness, JS, Kondash, AJ, Coyte, RM, Dwyer, GS, Liu, D, Dong, D, Liao, F, and Vengosh, A. "Origin of Flowback and Produced Waters from Sichuan Basin, China." Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 24 (December 2018): 14519-14527.
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." Applied Geochemistry 98 (November 1, 2018): 127-140.

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 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0230
308 Research Drive, A-207 LSRC
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) (1990)
M.S., Hebrew University (1986)
B.S., Hebrew University (1984)