Virginia Garrison



Ginger Garrison is a retired Coral Reef Ecologist with the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.  She has conducted research on Caribbean reefs for three decades, including 10 years based at Virgin Islands National Park (St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands). Her studies focus on coral reef degradation, the effects of long distance atmospheric transport of chemical contaminants on coral reefs and human health, coral reef restoration, and zoogeography of tropical marine fishes. FIeld work location include Africa (Mali), Cape Verde, the Caribbean (US Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago), Costa Rica, Hawaii, and American Samoa.


Research Marine Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2001 to present.

Marine Ecologist, National Park Service/USGS, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands, 1992-2001

Small business owner/operator (Caribbean), 1983-1992                              

Product Development Scientist, Clorox Technical Center, Pleasanton, California, 1978-1981

Research Technician, Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1977-1978

Chemistry and Biochemistry Instructor, California State University Hayward, California; Ohlone Community College, Fremont, California, 1970-1973, 1977

Research Scientist, Lake Nakuru National Park, Nakuru, Kenya (U.S. Peace Corps), 1974-1976