Avner Vengosh

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality at Duke Kunshan University
  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 205 Old Chemistry Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-8050
  • Email Address: vengosh@duke.edu
  • Websites:


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


water quality

Courses Taught

  • ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 524: Water Quality Health
  • ENERGY 729S: The Water-Energy Nexus
  • ENERGY 796: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENVIRON 524: Water Quality Health
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • EOS 393: Research Independent Study
  • EOS 394: Research Independent Study
  • EOS 524: Water Quality Health
  • EOS 527: International Water Resources
  • EOS 729S: The Water-Energy Nexus
  • EOS 791: Independent Study
  • GLHLTH 534: Water Quality Health

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Harkness, JS; Warner, NR; Ulrich, A; Millot, R; Kloppmann, W; Ahad, JME; Savard, MM; Gammon, P; Vengosh, A, Characterization of the boron, lithium, and strontium isotopic variations of oil sands process-affected water in Alberta, Canada, Applied Geochemistry, vol 90 (2018), pp. 50-62 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.12.026] [abs].
  • Harkness, JS; Swana, K; Eymold, WK; Miller, J; Murray, R; Talma, S; Whyte, CJ; Moore, MT; Maletic, EL; Vengosh, A; Darrah, TH, Pre-drill Groundwater Geochemistry in the Karoo Basin, South Africa., Ground Water (2018) [abs].
  • Lauer, NE; Warner, NR; Vengosh, A, Sources of Radium Accumulation in Stream Sediments near Disposal Sites in Pennsylvania: Implications for Disposal of Conventional Oil and Gas Wastewater., Environmental Science & Technology (2018) [10.1021/acs.est.7b04952] [abs].
  • Schlesinger, WH; Klein, EM; Vengosh, A, Global biogeochemical cycle of vanadium., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol 114 no. 52 (2017), pp. E11092-E11100 [10.1073/pnas.1715500114] [abs].
  • Lauer, N; Vengosh, A; Dai, S, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Uranium-Rich Coals and Associated Coal Combustion Residues from China., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 51 no. 22 (2017), pp. 13487-13493 [10.1021/acs.est.7b03473] [abs].

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