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:

Education

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

Specialties

geochemistry
water quality
hydrofracking

Courses Taught

  • ENERGY 395: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 406: Israel Experience: Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • 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 406: Israel Experience: Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • ENVIRON 524: Water Quality Health
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • EOS 385K: Water Resources
  • EOS 393: Research Independent Study
  • EOS 394: Research Independent Study
  • EOS 406: Israel Experience: Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • 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

  • King, KE; Darrah, TH; Money, E; Meentemeyer, R; Maguire, RL; Nye, MD; Michener, L; Murtha, AP; Jirtle, R; Murphy, SK; Mendez, MA; Robarge, W; Vengosh, A; Hoyo, C, Geographic clustering of elevated blood heavy metal levels in pregnant women., BMC Public Health, vol 15 (2015) [10.1186/s12889-015-2379-9] [abs].
  • Lauer, NE; Hower, JC; Hsu-Kim, H; Taggart, RK; Vengosh, A, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Coals and Coal Combustion Residuals in the United States., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 49 no. 18 (2015), pp. 11227-11233 [10.1021/acs.est.5b01978] [abs].
  • Down, A; Schreglmann, K; Plata, DL; Elsner, M; Warner, NR; Vengosh, A; Moore, K; Coleman, D; Jackson, RB, Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA, Applied Geochemistry, vol 60 (2015), pp. 3-13 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.01.018] [abs].
  • Vidal, AC; Semenova, V; Darrah, T; Vengosh, A; Huang, Z; King, K; Nye, MD; Fry, R; Skaar, D; Maguire, R; Murtha, A; Schildkraut, J; Murphy, S; Hoyo, C, Maternal cadmium, iron and zinc levels, DNA methylation and birth weight., BMC pharmacology & toxicology, vol 16 (2015) [10.1186/s40360-015-0020-2] [abs].
  • 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; Mayer, B, Comment on the German draft legislation on hydraulic fracturing: the need for an accurate state of knowledge and for independent scientific research., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 49 no. 11 (2015), pp. 6367-6369 [10.1021/acs.est.5b01921] [abs].

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