Ecosystem Blueprints Could Help Restore Destroyed Environments

Restoring environments after human intrusion or natural disasters is complicated: There’s still much we don’t know about the interplay of microbes and mammals, aquifers and air pollution. But geologist Jess Peláez thinks the solution is as simple (and as complex) as cataloging our ecosystems, one at a time. In her own words:

–As told to Katherine Kornei

This article was originally published in the May 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Jess Peláez: On blueprinting Earth’s ecosystems.”