Emily Graslie is an American science communicator and YouTube educator. She started volunteering at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at the University of Montana in 2011. After appearing in a VlogBrothers video by Hank Green in 2012, she was offered, and currently stars in, her own educational YouTube channel called "The Brain Scoop." Graslie is now employed by the Field Museum as their first-ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent.
Graslie was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 14th 1989. She earned her bachelor's degree in Studio Art from the University of Montana in 2011. As a part of that program, she interned at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum in her senior year. Graslie became a full-time curatorial volunteer after she graduated, while working on her master's degree. She cleaned new specimens, gave tours, trained new interns, and acted as a teaching assistant for a class at the University of Montana.
In June 2013, Graslie was hired by Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History to become their 'Chief Curiosity Correspondent'. She continues to host "The Brain Scoop" from this new location.
Graslie first appeared on YouTube in Hank Green's December 7, 2012 VlogBrothers video. In the video, she showed Green a wide variety of the specimens in the lab. Because of her ease in front of the camera, enthusiasm, and fan comments, Graslie was offered her own YouTube channel, "The Brain Scoop", as a part of the Nerdfighter family. The series debuted in January 2013. Her work on the series has been described by journalists as "articulate and hilarious" as well as enthusiastic.
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