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 in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute

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 395: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 524: Water Quality Health
  • ENERGY 729S: The Water-Energy Nexus
  • ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • 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

  • Rango, T; Vengosh, A; Jeuland, M; Whitford, GM; Tekle-Haimanot, R, Biomarkers of chronic fluoride exposure in groundwater in a highly exposed population., Science of the Total Environment, vol 596-597 (2017), pp. 1-11 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.021] [abs].
  • Kondash, AJ; Albright, E; Vengosh, A, Quantity of flowback and produced waters from unconventional oil and gas exploration., Science of the Total Environment, vol 574 (2017), pp. 314-321 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.069] [abs].
  • Vengosh, A; Coyte, R; Karr, J; Harkness, JS; Kondash, AJ; Ruhl, LS; Merola, RB; Dywer, GS, Origin of Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water Wells from the Piedmont Aquifers of North Carolina, Environmental Science and Technology Letters, vol 3 no. 12 (2016), pp. 409-414 [10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00342] [abs].
  • Schwartz, GE; Redfern, LK; Ikuma, K; Gunsch, CK; Ruhl, LS; Vengosh, A; Hsu-Kim, H, Impacts of coal ash on methylmercury production and the methylating microbial community in anaerobic sediment slurries., Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts, vol 18 no. 11 (2016), pp. 1427-1439 [10.1039/c6em00458j] [abs].
  • Harkness, JS; Sulkin, B; Vengosh, A, Evidence for Coal Ash Ponds Leaking in the Southeastern United States., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 50 no. 12 (2016), pp. 6583-6592 [10.1021/acs.est.6b01727] [abs].

Additional Information