2017 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Environmental Health Scholars Program at Duke University

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Dr. Avner Vengosh has held the position of Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality at Duke University Nicholas School of the Enviornoment since 2005. Prior to that he was He was an Associate Professor at Ben Gurion University in Israel, Professor Vengosh also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University. He has served as the Associate Editor for the international journals Water Resources Research and Applied Geochemistry and since 2015 a member of the editorial board of Environmental Science and Technology. In 2011 he received the International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC) Fellow award. In 2015 he was elected as the Geological Society of America Fellow. Two of his recent papers received the Best Science Paper Award for the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Dr. Vengosh has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, several of them in the top journals in the field, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science in the USA (PNAS), Environmental Science and Technology, and Environmental Science and Technology Letters, among others. Since 2009, he has been engaged in research of the water-energy nexus and has pioneered several research projects and on the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing, coal mining, and coal ash disposal in the United States and recently also in China. In addition, Professor Vengosh’s research team has been engaged in studying water quality issues related to salinity, naturally occurring radioactive elements, arsenic, selenium, fluoride, boron, and recently uranium (Rajasthan, India) and hexavalent chromium (North Carolina) in water resources from numerous sites around the world. Through their studies, Dr. Vengosh and his students have developed and utilized geochemical and isotope tracers that help to delineate the sources and reconstruct the pathways of water contamination.

Dr. Vengosh received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his Ph.D. from the Australian National University. For more information visit http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/avnervengosh/ .