Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago, Illinois. July 2013 - present.
EcoGeek: November, 2012 - July, 2013. Co-creator, host, writer for ‘The Brain Scoop’
Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at the University of Montana (UMZM), Curatorial Assistant, volunteer. January 2012 - July 2013
UMZM Intern, Volunteer November 2010 - January 2012
College: University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. BFA, June 2011.
High School: Central, Rapid City, South Dakota. June 2007.
Awards and Honors
April - The Webby Awards: Honoree: Best Web Personality/Host
April - The Webby Awards: Honoree: Online Film/Video - Science/Education (Channel)
May - American Alliance of Museums: Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. $1,000 grant for professional development
October - 2017 Fellow -- The Coaching Fellowship
- November - Forbes 30 Under 30 - Education
January - Grist 50: The 50 people you’ll be talking about in 2016
April 7 - Mental Floss: 10 women who changed the world.
May - The Webby Awards: Official Nominee: Best Web Personality/Host
May - The Webby Awards: Official Honoree: Online Film/Video - Science/Education (Channel)
May - The Webby Awards: Official Nominee: Best Web Personality/Host
March 16 - The Guardian: Top 30 Young People in Digital Media (#15)
May - The Webby Awards: Honoree: Best Web Personality/Host
May - Crain’s Chicago Business: Twenty in their 20's
May - American Alliance of Museums: Gold MUSE Award for The Brain Scoop, Digital Communities category
June - Mic Media: Mic Fifty
July 14: Chicago Magazine, 2014 Best of Chicago: Best Celebrity Nerd
May - Shorty Awards honor the best content creators and producer on social media. Museum Category Winner
July 2013: Realplayer: Video Visionary Award: Education
(Primary, Keynote, Distinguished)
February 18th: Wild Things Conference, Chicugly: Redefining Natural Beauty. Keynote speaker, co-presented with Robb Telfer. Chicago, IL.
March 10th: Granger Leadership Academy, keynote speaker. St. Louis, MO.
March 25: Expanding Your Horizons, one-day STEM symposium for middle school girls, keynote speaker, University of Chicago, IL.
April 22nd: March for Science - Chicago - rally keynote speaker; 60,000+ attendees.
June 12th: Chicago Collections Consortium, keynote speaker, annual members meeting.
June 20th: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Museums (SPNHC) Annual Meeting, plenary speaker. Denver, CO.
October 12th: Women’s Energy Network, emPOWERment Luncheon, Chicago IL, keynote.
January 15th: Fermilab Lecture Series, “The Brain Scoop: Communicating Science with Museums and YouTube,” Chicago, IL.
March 8: Annual Women in Science Conference, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD.
April 29: Montana Natural History Center, “Evening with a Naturalist,” Missoula, MT.
August 6th, ComSciCon (Communications Science Conference), hosted by Northwestern University. Keynote speaker. Chicago, IL.
August 11th, International Federation of Library Associations conference, keynote speaker. Chicago, Illinois.
October 27th, NETT Day at Northeastern Illinois University, keynote speaker. Chicago, Illinois.
March 24: Community and Alumni Lecture Series evening lecture,"What Good Is a Dead Bird?," University of Montana, Missoula
April 20: Smith College evening lecture, "The Brain Scoop: Communicating Science through Museums and YouTube," Northampton, Massachusetts
October 9: YouTube Creator Day, "Building a Community on YouTube," keynote speaker, Chicago, IL
March 26: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. "Communicating science through museums and YouTube."
April 11: Montana State University, "From art to science - a new perspective on communication." Bozeman, Montana.
May 15: Johns Hopkins University,"Emily Graslie: Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum in Chicago." Presented to the 1st Annual JHU Postdoctoral Fellow Retreat. Baltimore, Maryland.
September 29: DePaul University, The Jeanne LaDuke Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Annual Lecture Series. "The Value of Communicating Scientific Research with the Public." Chicago, Illinois.
October 13: 7th Annual Math/Science Conference sponsored by the American Association of University Women - Moraine Valley Community College, Illinois - Keynote speaker
Invited Institutional/Departmental Lectures
January 30: ‘myCHOICE,’ Presentation about science communication to PhD/post-doctoral students University of Chicago.
April 6: The Scoop on Brain Scoop: Broadening Natural History Museum outreach in the Social Media Age, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA.
October 13th: Science & Education Interchange Series, ‘The Brain Scoop: Present and Future,” presentation to faculty at The Field Museum, Chicago IL.
November 14th: “Arts & Ideas” lecture series, Aurora University, Chicago IL.
October 17th & 18th: “The Brain Scoop at The Field Museum,” for ‘Curiosity in the City: Monsters, Marvels and Museums,’ philosophy course instructed by Stephen T. Asma, Columbia College, Chicago.
March 11: "Women in Science and the Media." University Women in Science and Math. Loyola University, Chicago.
March 23: "The Importance of Science Role Models in the Media," Feminist Theory (WSGS 363) Women's and Gender Studies Program course, University of Montana, Missoula
October 6 and 7: "The Brain Scoop at The Field Museum," for 'Curiosity in the City: Monsters, Marvels, and Museums,' freshman philosophy course instructed by Stephen T. Asma, Columbia College, Chicago
May 5: Women in Science Monthly Seminar. "The Importance of Science Role Models in the Media." The Field Museum, Chicago.
June 30: Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. "The Value of Communicating Scientific Research with the Public."
September 11 + 12: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 2 talks: "The Importance of Science Role Models in the Media," and "The Brain Scoop: Communicating Science through Museums and YouTube."
November 11: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. "The Value of Curiosity."
December 12: TEDx Sacramento, California. "The Value of Curiosity."
Conferences and symposia, presentations and panels
February 25th: Times Have Changed: 2007 - 2017. Moderator, Nerdcon- Nerdfighteria. Boston, MA.
February 26th: Learning Online: How-To EDU. Panelist, Nerdcon- Nerdfighteria. Boston, MA.
February 26th: We’re All In This Together: Community Online. Panelist, Nerdcon- Nerdfighteria. Boston, MA.
April 26th: Word of Mouth Marketing Conference: “Spreading the ‘Good’ Word: Word of Mouth Marketing for Social Good,” panelist - New York, NY.
October 11th: 3rd Annual Women in Science Mixer, panel moderator, hosted by the Field Museum Women in Science, Chicago, IL.
October 27th: International Council on Museums - Natural History Annual Meeting. Panelist - ‘Engaging the Public in Conservation.” Pittsburgh, PA.
January 28th: Women in Science Symposia, California Academy of Sciences. Panel.
May 26th: “Crowdsourced: A Look at Museum Fundraising in the Digital Age,” panelist, American Alliance of Museums annual conference. Washington, D.C.
June 23rd: ‘The Importance of Role-Models on YouTube,’ panel, VidCon, Anaheim California.
June 24th: “Creating Within a Company,” panel - VidCon, Anaheim California.
June 25th: “Women on YouTube,” moderator. VidCon, Anaheim, California.
June 29th: “National Young Leadership Forum,” panelist, Loyola University in Chicago, IL.
August 6th: “Multimedia in Science Communication,” panelist, ComSciCon (Communications Science Conference), hosted by Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
October 6th: “2nd Annual Women in Science Mixer,” moderator, hosted by the Field Museum Women in Science, Chicago.
October 18th: “The Art of Relevance: A Chicago Conversation with Nina Simon,” panelist, Navy Pier, Chicago.
January 31st: "Women In Geekdom: How to Reach Out to the Nerds in Your Community," American Library Association. McCormick place, Chicago
March 14: "The Importance of Science Role Models in the Media," Kenosha Public Museum, Wisconsin
April 24: "The Brain Scoop" panel discussion, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), McCormick Place, Chicago
May 28: "The Importance of Science Role Models in the Media," Madrid, Spain, Ciencia en Redes (Science in Networks) Communications Conference, Madrid, Spain
June 26: "Digitizing Dinosaurs, Downloading Whales and Streaming Science," panel participant at TechWeek, Chicago
July 23: "Dealing with Criticism" panel, VidCon, Anaheim, California
July 23: "Making the Internet Smarter" panel, VidCon, Anaheim, California
July 24: "The Brain Scoop Q&A," solo, VidCon, Anaheim, California
February 26: Science Online - Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 25: VidCon - Anaheim, California. Q&A with The Brain Scoop team
June 25: Vidcon - Anaheim, California. Entertainment + Education! Is it possible?
June 26: VidCon - Anaheim, California. Fighting Sexism on YouTube
June 27: VidCon - Anaheim, California. Women on YouTube
September 26: Online News Association - Chicago, Illinois. Presented "The Brain Scoop: creating audience-grabbing short videos with The Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent"
December 3: Chicago's Council on Science and Technology: Women in STEM Connect event. Led a panel discussion with STEM leaders and facilitated a 2.5-hour long networking event. Ballroom of the School of Art at the Art Institute.
August 8 - 4: VidCon - Anaheim, California. YouTube EDU panel, The Brain Scoop Q&A.
August 28: I f***ing love Science at the American Museum of Natural History, New York NY - Panel participant
Workshops, synthesis meetings, etc.
April 13th: iDigBio Webinar: Online Film/Video presentation
December 13th - 15th: “FutureProofing Natural History Museums: Creating Sustainable Models for Research Resources,” hosted by the Ecological Society of America, the American Alliance of Museum’s Future of Museums, and the Yale Peabody Museum. Yale University, New Haven, CT Discussion group leader, participant.
July 25: “Women on YouTube: A Discussion,” VidCon, Anaheim, CA. Discussion group leader.
September 1-2: "Collections Communications Workshop," Biodiversity Collections Network, Field Museum
September 21 - 24: Evolving Culture of Science Engagement at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA - Panelist/Presenter
Select Television/Radio and Podcast/Internet Appearances and Interviews:
February 2: The Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Season 11 Ep. 31. “Clever Hans, Bertha Benz and Civil War Counterfeiter.” Segment host.
February 23: The Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Season 11 Ep. 38. “Operating Mincemeat, Texas Prison Rodeo and Tully Monster.” Segment host.
Oct. 31st: Interview on Rising Stars with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nov. 5th: A Chameleon Crushing Crickets in Slow Motion -- Smarter Every Day
January 25: WTTW Chicago Tonight: Field Museum to unveil hyena diorama
January 26: Chicago Tribune - Striped hyenas feast in first new diorama at Field Museum in decades
August 9: Inquiring Minds - The stories that collection museums hold
September 15: WHYY The Pulse: The Brain Scoop and the sloppy business of learning
October 3: WTTW Chicago Tonight: Emily Graslie launches ‘Natural News’ Series
December 15: The Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Season 12 Ep. 24, “Titanic Violin, Wicked Fungus, and the Greatest Bar Bet” -- Segment host
April 30: Chicago Reader: The Field Museum’s campaign to save the stuffed animals.
May 7th: NPR, All Things Considered: At long last, taxidermied hyenas in Chicago get their own diorama.
November 24: WNPR, The Colin McEnroe Show: An up-close look behind the glass of...dioramas.
November 20: Science Friday - Q&A with Emily Graslie.
November 21: Science Friday - Interview with Ira Flatow.
June 3: CRAIN’s Chicago Business, Field Museum hires famed YouTube science geek
July 25: WTTW Chicago Tonight: “The Brain Scoop.”
August 21: Chicago Tribune, New direction for The Field, with a curious blogger leading the way
November 30, NPR, Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads her Mail - and it’s not so nice by Robert Krulwich
December 19, WTTW Chicago Tonight: Emily Graslie addresses sexism in science
December 30: Radiolab - The Times They Are a-Changin’,
January 27: Chicago Reader: How Emily Graslie went from YouTube science star to full-time at the Field Museum.
July 28: Cosmopolitan - Get That Life: How I became a Museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent
December 24 - YES! Magazine, Less “Big Bang” theory, more Dana Scully: What it’s going to take to lead more girls into science
Crain’s Chicago Business: Look online for original STEM programming
The New York Times: How to make STEM jobs the ones women want
Science Education/Outreach - In-Museum
Education: in the Museum
January 26: Project Hyena Diorama opening reception, speaker
May 5th: Presentation to ‘Field Ambassadors,’ professional development for K-12 educators.
May 19 and 20: Member’s Nights participant
May 14 and 15: Members' Nights participant: Field Museum Women in Science table, and a table for The Brain Scoop
May 21: Earth Force Summit - Action Center, Field Museum. Presenter.
June 16: Presentation to conservation/collections staff of the Art Institute, Field Museum
August 4: Presentation to Global Girl Media, a digital media training program for high school girls
September 3: Presentation to "Discover Chicago" class from DePaul University
October 27: Collaboratively led a discussion group with Field Museum CEO Richard Lariviere for the University of Chicago "Anthropology of Museums" graduate course, taught by Professor Morrie Fred
November 3: Presentation to Museum Studies class from Cornell College, instructor Ellen Hoobler
November 4: Presentation to students from the Solario Academy, Women’s Board + FMWIS + Learning Center co-sponsored event
March 6 and 7: Member’s Nights participant
September 9 - Kenya Bats Meet-up: Hosted exhibition opening/discussion with Bruce Patterson event for fans of The Brain Scoop.
September 24: Question Club - hosted pub trivia for Kasey Mennie's public 21+ event.
November 11 - Donor Night - mammal preparation table
Education: Outside of the Museum
April 15, 22, 29; May 6, September 9, October 7, November 11, December 9- Evolution at Revolution (Brewery) - hosted the evening event.
American Alliance of Museums since 2013
Grants and Funding
Campaign lead for “Project Hyena Diorama,” Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to generate support for building a full-scale habitat diorama. $155,000.
Our "Harvard Adventures" Series was used as the broader impact fulfillment for Grants EAR-1524938 and EAR-1524523, the "Functional evolution of the mammalian backbone: insights from the forerunners of mammals," 2015.
Science Education/Outreach (videos)
The Brain Scoop: Host, writer, producer, director.
January 13: “Painting the Diorama”
January 28: “Carl Akeley’s Striped Hyenas”
February 10: “Periods + Fieldwork”
February 25: “Restoring Habitats with Magic Beans”
March 10: “What is a Species?”
March 24: “The Taxonomy of Candy”
April 7: “Crystal and her Water Beetles”
May 5: “Tully Monster Mystery SOLVED!”
May 20: “What is the U.S. doing about extinction?”
June 15: “Ask Emily: Hotline Edition”
June 30: “A Lifetime of Curiosity”
July 15: “The Flapper and the Panda”
August 24: “The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo”
September 21: “Behind-the-scenes on our new set!”
October 7: “Go out and #voteIRL - for SCIENCE.”
October 19: “Why did King Tut have a flat head?”
Natural News from The Field Museum: Host, writer, producer, set design.
September 29: “Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2”
The Brain Scoop: Host, writer, producer, director.
January 7: "Two Bats and a Spider,"
January 21: "Ask Emily #10,"
February 4: "Bird Calls of Amazonia"
February 18: "Mummy Brains"
March 4: "Jungle Atop a Desert"
March 25: "How To Taxidermy a Squirrel"
April 6: "Project Hyena Diorama"
April 8: "How To Taxidermy a Squirrel, Part II"
April 22: "An Electric Eel and a Caiman"
May 7: "How to Cut a Trail in Amazonia"
May 20: "Dissecting Ants"
June 3: "Bullet Ant Venom"
June 18: "The Naked Mole-Rat"
July 1: "How To Protect the Rainforest"
July 15: "The Chicago Peregrine Program"
July 29: "Banding Baby Dinosaurs"
August 12: "The First Brachiosaurus"
September 23: "Millipedes: The First Land Animals"
October 14: "Spiders: The First Web Developers"
October 21: "Ask Emily #11"
November 4: "Clearing and Staining Fishes"
November 23: "The Origin of Mammal Movement: Harvard Adventures, Part I"
December 3: "Fisher Dissection: Harvard Adventures, Part II"
December 17: "Bending Fossils: Experiments in Paleontology"
December 30: "Death Rocks"
January 1: “Siats meekerorum”
January 8: “Ask Emily #7”
January 14: “Happy Anniversary!”
January 15: Q&A with Anna Goldman
January 22: 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
January 29: The Economic Botanical Collection
February 13: Romantic Ants
February 19: Meteorites From Spaaaaaace!
February 26: Ask Emily #8
March 12: Starstuff and Nanodiamonds
March 19: The Two-Faced Calf, Part I
March 26: The Two-Faced Calf, Part II
April 2: The Interactives Shop
April 9: The Replicator
April 16: Crocodiles vs. Alligators
April 23: The Audubon Field Guide
April 30: The Heat Theater
May 5: The Breast Episode Ever
May 14: Ask Emily: The Favorites Episode
May 21: Dimetrodon is Not a Dinosaur
June 18: How to Pin an Insect
June 25: The Tiger Beetle
July 16: In Search of Fossil Fish
July 30: Fossil Fish, Pt. II: A History
August 11: Why Sharks?
August 12: Fossil Sharks
August 13: Shark Weapons
August 14: Shark Fin CSI
August 15: Sharks Sharks Sharks & More Sharks
August: 27: Fossil Meteorites
September 10: Year of the Passenger Pigeon
September 24: Fossil Fish, PT. III: The Preparation
September 30: Updates with Emily
October 8: Into Peru
October 22: Into the Bat Caves of Kenya: Pt I
November 5: Into the Bat Caves of Kenya: Pt. 2
November 19: In Search of Night Life
December 3: Investigating the Trees of Amazonia
December 17: The Fer-De-Lance
January 14: “The Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum”
January 17: “Ask Emily #1”
January 21: “The Spirit Collection”
January 24: “A Bear Skull”
January 28: “Getting the Wolf”
January 31: “Recommended Reading”
February 5: “Skinning the Wolf”
February 8: “Discussing the Wolf”
February 12: “Gutting the Wolf”
February 14: “Emily Gets a Valentine”
February 18: “Hungry Like the Wolf”
February 21: “Ask Emily #2”
February 27: “Tetrapodal Locomotion”
March 7: “Wolf Head CSI Fun Time”
March 12: “Domestication”
March 18: “Horns vs. Antlers”
March 20: “Pangolins”
March 27: “Ask Emily #3”
April 1: “Outtakes, Volume 2”
April 4: “Owls”
April 12: “Most of a Bear”
April 29: “Kids’ Q&A”
June 3: “Mammalian Diversification”
June 11: “Emily Vlogs: On Dissection”
July 22: “Chicago Adventure, Part Seven: Octopus Sex”
August 3: “A note from Emily”
August 7: “Ask Emily #4”
August 14: “Farewell, Montana”
August 21: “Welcome to The Field Museum”
August 28: “Olinguito”
September 4: “What is a Museum?”
September 11: “Ask Emily #5”
September 19: “Hosenose, Part One”
September 25: “Hosenose, Part Two”
October 2: “The Hero Shrew”
October 9: “Moths vs. Butterflies”
October 16: “Ask Emily #6”
October 23: “Zebra Bits”
October 30: “Insect Adventure, Part One”
November 7: “Insect Adventure, Part Two”
November 13: “The Gem Room”
November 21: “Insect Adventure, Part Three”
November 27: “Where my Ladies At?”
December 4: “Carl Akeley’s Four Seasons”
December 11: “Carl Akeley’s Fighting African Elephants”
December 18: “Squirrel McNastyface”
December 25: “The Nondenominational Holiday Botanical Celebration”
Other notable YouTube appearances:
May 1: Vlogbrothers, "A $100,000 Egg and a 200M Year Old Pinecone"
September 24: Crash Course, Exploring the Universe: Big History #2, co-host.
October 2: Crash Course, The Sun & The Earth: Big History #3, co-host.
October 29: Crash Course, The Evolutionary Epic: Big History #5, co-host.
December 11: Crash Course, The Anthropocene and the Near Future, Big History #9, co-host.
December 19: Mental Floss, 13 Inventions and Innovations Creating a Better Future for Women, host. Supported by the Gates Foundation.