Emily Graslie

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Emily Graslie in April 2013

Emily Graslie (born June 14, 1989) 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 asked to join the Nerdfighter network. She 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 14, 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.[1] Graslie became a full-time curatorial volunteer after she graduated, while working on her master's degree in museum studies. She cleaned new specimens, gave tours, trained new interns, and acted as a teaching assistant for a class at the University of Montana.[2]

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.[3]


Graslie first appeared on YouTube in Hank Green's December 7, 2012 VlogBrothers video.[4] 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 asked to create her own YouTube channel, "The Brain Scoop", as a part of the Nerdfighter family.[5] The series debuted in January 2013. Her work on the series has been described by journalists as "articulate and hilarious" as well as enthusiastic.[1][6]

Her November 27, 2013 video, which addressed the situation of women in STEM fields and inappropriate comments received to her own postings, received a high level of media attention.[7][8] In January 2014, Amy Wallace, another science journalist, wrote an article about how science journalists can find themselves the target of ugly personal attacks, and the attacks on female journalists include criticisms of their sexual attractiveness, and their sexual morality.[9] Wallace included Graslie when she listed half a dozen fellow female science journalists whose reasonable, science-based articles on controversial topics had triggered crude abusive backlashes.

In 2014, her channel "The Brain Scoop" was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #96.[10]

In 2016, she documented the efforts to help the recovery of the Kankakee mallow, an endangered species that is endemic to Illinois.[11] As the only floral species that is only found in that state, she has started an effort to make it the official Illinois state flower, proposing that it replace the more generic Violet.[12]


  1. ^ a b Waters 2013
  2. ^ Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum 2013
  3. ^ "Field Museum Hires Popular YouTube Personality". The Field Museum. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Green 2012a, 0:38
  5. ^ Green 2012b, 3:12
  6. ^ Polo 2013
  7. ^ Krulwich 2013a
  8. ^ Esposito 2013
  9. ^ Amy Wallace (2014-01-19). "Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not?". New York Times. p. A17. Retrieved 2014-01-20. She wondered whether this kind of sexualized feedback could explain why there weren’t more women doing what she does: reporting on the so-called STEM topics of science, technology, engineering and math. 
  10. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100 – 76!". New Media Rockstars. 
  11. ^ Graslie, Emily. "This flower only grows in the wild on a single tiny island... in Illinois.". The Brain Scoop. YouTube. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Graslie, Emily. "Campaigning for CHANGE! Don't be Shallow - Vote for Mallow". The Brain Scoop. YouTube. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 


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