Gina Alvino joined PLOS in 2012 as a Senior Publications Assistant. She is a Washington DC-area native who earned both her Masters and PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis. During her time at Davis she studied applied behavior and welfare science of commercial poultry in food production systems. Her fascination with scientific writing and the publication process led her to pursue an exciting publishing-related career. When she is not in the office, Gina enjoys swimming (both pool and open-water), vipassana meditation and music of myriad genres.