The Brain Scoop

Your front-row seat to stories of collections, research, and people at the Field.

Hands-on with science

Go behind the scenes with The Brain Scoop, our educational YouTube channel. Dig into the discoveries we're making both inside our walls and across the world. 

Each video brings you along for a new journey into natural history, from interviews with scientists and tours of collections, to expeditions and deep dives into the nitty-gritty work of preparing museum specimens. 

Host Emily Graslie examines an octopus specimen under the direction of curator Janet Voight while being filmed for The Brain Scoop.

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About The Brain Scoop

In 2013, as a volunteer at a zoological museum in Montana, Emily Graslie created and launched The Brain Scoop together with YouTube educator Hank Green. A few months later, the series moved to the Field with Emily taking on the role of Chief Curiosity Correspondent.

In her nearly eight years at the Field, Emily explored Kenyan bat caves and Peruvian waterways; dissected ants, squirrels, and wolves; and dove into subject matter from candy taxonomy to our own mortality. Emily left the Field at the end of 2020, and we're grateful for the enthusiasm, passion, dedication, and (of course!) endless curiosity that she shared. You can continue enjoying all 200+ episodes of The Brain Scoop on YouTube.