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
  • 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 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

  • 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].
  • Neville, KJ; Baka, J; Gamper-Rabindran, S; Bakker, K; Andreasson, S; Vengosh, A; Lin, A; Singh, JN; Weinthal, E, Debating Unconventional Energy: Social, Political, and Economic Implications, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol 42 no. 1 (2017), pp. 241-266 [10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-061102] [abs].
  • 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].
  • Szczuka, A; Parker, KM; Harvey, C; Hayes, E; Vengosh, A; Mitch, WA, Regulated and unregulated halogenated disinfection byproduct formation from chlorination of saline groundwater., Water Research, vol 122 (2017), pp. 633-644 [10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.028] [abs].
  • Bouchaou, L; Warner, NR; Tagma, T; Hssaisoune, M; Vengosh, A, The origin of geothermal waters in Morocco: Multiple isotope tracers for delineating sources of water-rock interactions, Applied Geochemistry, vol 84 (2017), pp. 244-253 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.07.004] [abs].

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