About the Authors

Douglas B Rusch, Aaron L Halpern, Granger Sutton, Karla B Heidelberg, Shannon Williamson, Shibu Yooseph, Dongying Wu, Jonathan A Eisen, Jeff M Hoffman, Karin Remington, Karen Beeson, Bao Tran, Hamilton Smith, Holly Baden-Tillson, Clare Stewart, Joyce Thorpe, Jason Freeman, Cynthia Andrews-Pfannkoch, Joseph E Venter, Kelvin Li, Saul Kravitz, John F Heidelberg, Terry Utterback, Yu-Hui Rogers, Robert L Strausberg, Kenneth Nealson, Robert Friedman, Marvin Frazier, J. Craig Venter
J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

Karla B Heidelberg, John F Heidelberg
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Avalon, California, United States of America

Dongying Wu, Jonathan A Eisen
Genome Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

Karin Remington
Your Genome, Your World, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

Luisa I Falcón, Valeria Souza, Germán Bonilla-Rosso, Luis E Eguiarte
Departmento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

David M Karl
Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Shubha Sathyendranath, Trevor Platt
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Eldredge Bermingham
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama

Victor Gallardo
Departamento de Oceanografía, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile

Giselle Tamayo-Castillo
Escuela de Química, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro, Costa Rica

Michael R Ferrari
Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Kenneth Nealson
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angles, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

DRusch@venterinstitute.org

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

DBR, ALH, KB, HS, CAP, JFH, MF, and JCV conceived and designed the experiments. DBR, ALH, JMH, KB, BT, HBT, CS, JT, JF, CAP, and JCV performed the experiments. DBR, ALH, GS, KBH, SW, DW, JAE, KR, JEV, TU, YHR, MRF, KN, and RF analyzed the data. DBR, ALH, GS, KBH, SY, JMH, KR, KB, BT, HS, HBT, CS, JT, JF, CAP, KL, SK, JFH, TU, YHR, LIF, VS, GBR, LEE, DMK, SS, TP, EB, VG, GTC, MRF, RLS, MF, and JCV contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. DBR, ALH, GS, KBH, SW, SY, JAE, RLS, KN, RF, MF, and JCV wrote the paper.