Gina Mantica

Scientist | Communications Specialist

About me

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Image courtesy of Alex Van Thong

Hi! I’m Gina. My Biology thesis at Tufts University looks at how the basal ganglia, a part of the brain important for the coordination of movement, affects behavioral variability in zebra finches. This research will help scientists better understand basal ganglia disorders like Parkinson’s disease that result in abnormal motor variabilities.


I am passionate about providing easily-digestible science news to broad audiences through both written and digital communications. I recently served as a Staff Writer for The Dallas Morning News as part of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship and am now a Contributing Writer for Outside JEB. In the past, I’ve worked as a Public Relations Intern with TuftsNow and a Communications Intern with Tufts Institute of the Environment. My popular science articles have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Science, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and more.

After graduation, I intend to pursue a career that combines my scientific knowledge with my passion for science writing, editing and marketing/communications. Outside of work I enjoy dancing, discovering new flavors of ice cream and listening to Taylor Swift.


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