Virginia is a researcher at Ecology Center at Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. She has a PhD in Ecology and has developed studies on parrots and bird communities in natural landscapes and also evaluating the impact of different human perturbations, as sand-mining, crops, and urban development, on bird diversity.

Since 2006 she has been monitoring the aquatic bird populations on Margarita Island (Venezuela) a stopover site for migratory shorebirds in the southern Caribbean. Recently she has studied the diet of the small peeps and the relationship with the invertebrate abundance in the mudflats. She was a founding member of the Venezuelan Ornithologists Union (UVO) and part of the directive staff from 2006-2013. She has supervised several undergraduate and graduate students.