Emily Graslie was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, Emily fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories. Now, Emily lives in Chicago and works as the Field Museum’s 'Chief Curiosity Correspondent,' where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world.
Emily has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum's Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award nominee and honoree in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as one of the ‘Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts’ in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune. Recently, in recognition of her outreach efforts, scientists at the University of Florida named a new species of butterfly in her honor: Wahydra graslieae.