Environmental Sciences

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Virginia Garrison

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


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 Interest

biodiversity biogeography ecological processes contamination and pollution human impacts


  • Persistent organic contaminants in Saharan dust air masses in West Africa, Cape Verde and the eastern Caribbean

  • Inhalable desert dust, urban emissions, and potentially biotoxic metals in urban Saharan-Sahelian air

  • Synthetic ultraviolet light filtering chemical contamination of coastal waters of Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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