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
  • 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

  • McMahon, PB; Kulongoski, JT; Vengosh, A; Cozzarelli, IM; Landon, MK; Kharaka, YK; Gillespie, JM; Davis, TA, Regional patterns in the geochemistry of oil-field water, southern San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, Applied Geochemistry, vol 98 (2018), pp. 127-140 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.09.015] [abs].
  • Coyte, RM; Vengosh, A, Response to Comments on "Large-Scale Uranium Contamination of Groundwater Resources in India", Environmental Science & Technology Letters, vol 5 no. 9 (2018), pp. 593-594 [10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00407] [abs].
  • Kondash, AJ; Lauer, NE; Vengosh, A, The intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing., Science Advances, vol 4 no. 8 (2018) [10.1126/sciadv.aar5982] [abs].
  • Schwartz, GE; Hower, JC; Phillips, AL; Rivera, N; Vengosh, A; Hsu-Kim, H, Ranking Coal Ash Materials for Their Potential to Leach Arsenic and Selenium: Relative Importance of Ash Chemistry and Site Biogeochemistry., Environmental Engineering Science, vol 35 no. 7 (2018), pp. 728-738 [10.1089/ees.2017.0347] [abs].
  • Zou, C; Ni, Y; Li, J; Kondash, A; Coyte, R; Lauer, N; Cui, H; Liao, F; Vengosh, A, The water footprint of hydraulic fracturing in Sichuan Basin, China., The Science of the Total Environment, vol 630 (2018), pp. 349-356 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.219] [abs].

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