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: 308 Research Drive, A-207 LSRC, 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

Courses Taught

  • ENERGY 524: Water Quality Health
  • ENERGY 729S: The Water-Energy Nexus
  • 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

  • , Correction for Drollette et al., Elevated levels of diesel range organic compounds in groundwater near Marcellus gas operations are derived from surface activities., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 116 no. 18 (2019) [10.1073/pnas.1905353116] [abs].
  • Tasker, TL; Burgos, WD; Ajemigbitse, MA; Lauer, NE; Gusa, AV; Kuatbek, M; May, D; Landis, JD; Alessi, DS; Johnsen, AM; Kaste, JM; Headrick, KL; Wilke, FDH; McNeal, M; Engle, M; Jubb, AM; Vidic, RD; Vengosh, A; Warner, NR, Accuracy of methods for reporting inorganic element concentrations and radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters from the Appalachian Basin, U.S. based on an inter-laboratory comparison., Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts, vol 21 no. 2 (2019), pp. 224-241 [10.1039/c8em00359a] [abs].
  • Plata, DL; Jackson, RB; Vengosh, A; Mouser, PJ, More than a decade of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling research., Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts, vol 21 no. 2 (2019), pp. 193-194 [10.1039/c9em90004g] [abs].
  • Brandt, JE; Lauer, NE; Vengosh, A; Bernhardt, ES; Di Giulio, RT, Strontium Isotope Ratios in Fish Otoliths as Biogenic Tracers of Coal Combustion Residual Inputs to Freshwater Ecosystems, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, vol 5 no. 12 (2018), pp. 718-723 [10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00477] [abs].
  • Ni, Y; Zou, C; Cui, H; Li, J; Lauer, NE; Harkness, JS; Kondash, AJ; Coyte, RM; Dwyer, GS; Liu, D; Dong, D; Liao, F; Vengosh, A, Origin of Flowback and Produced Waters from Sichuan Basin, China., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 52 no. 24 (2018), pp. 14519-14527 [10.1021/acs.est.8b04345] [abs].