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Avner Vengosh, Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Duke Middle East Studies Center and Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality at Duke Kunshan University and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Avner Vengosh

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  308 Research Drive, A-207 LSRC, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 681-8050
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • EOS 527.01, INTERNATIONAL WATER RESOURCES Synopsis
    Grainger 1105, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Education:

Ph.D.Australian National University (Australia)1990
M.S.Hebrew University1986
B.S.Hebrew University1984
Specialties:

geochemistry
water quality
hydrofracking
Keywords:

Acids • Ammonium • Arsenic • Arsenicals • Barium chloride • Bioaccumulation • Boric acid • Boron • Boron--Isotopes • Calcium • Calcium Carbonate • Carbon • Carbon Compounds, Inorganic • Carbon Isotopes • Chemical Precipitation • Child • Coal • Coal Ash • Coal ash sites • Deuterium • Disasters • Drinking Water • Environment • Environmental Pollutants • Environmental Pollution • Epidemiological Monitoring • Extraction and Processing Industry • Fluorosis, Dental • Fossil Fuels • Fresh Water • Gas wells--Hydraulic fracturing • Gases • Groundwater • Halides • Health • Hydraulic fracturing • Industrial Waste • Industry • Ions • Isotopes • Keratin • Kinetics • Lakes • Lithium--Isotopes • Mass Spectrometry • Mercury Isotopes • Metalloids • Metals • Metals, Heavy • Middle East • Molecular Weight • Nails • Natural gas • Noble Gases • Oil and Gas Fields • Osmosis • Oxygen • Particulate Matter • Power Plants • Radioactive Pollutants • Radium • Risk • Rivers • Rural Population • Salinity • Salts • Seawater • Selenium • Shale gas • Soil • Solubility • Stable isotopes • Strontium Isotopes • Strontium--Isotopes • Sulfur Isotopes • Surface Properties • Sustainability • Thermodynamics • Waste Water • Water • Water Pollutants, Radioactive • Water Resources

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Coyte, RM; Singh, A; Furst, KE; Mitch, WA; Vengosh, A, Co-occurrence of geogenic and anthropogenic contaminants in groundwater from Rajasthan, India, The Science of the Total Environment, vol. 688 (October, 2019), pp. 1216-1227 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Vengosh, A; Cowan, EA; Coyte, RM; Kondash, AJ; Wang, Z; Brandt, JE; Dwyer, GS, Evidence for unmonitored coal ash spills in Sutton Lake, North Carolina: Implications for contamination of lake ecosystems., The Science of the Total Environment, vol. 686 (May, 2019), pp. 1090-1103 [doi]  [abs]
  3. 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 (April, 2019), pp. 9135 [doi]
  4. 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 (February, 2019), pp. 193-194 [doi]
  5. 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 (February, 2019), pp. 224-241 [doi]  [abs]


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