About the Authors

Meryl J. Williams
Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life, 17 Agnew Street, Aspley, Qld, 4034 Australia

Jesse Ausubel
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, New York, United States of America

Ian Poiner
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Marine Science, and Chair, Census of Marine Life Scientific Steering Committee, Townsville, Australia

Serge M. Garcia
Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life, Via Perdasdefogu, 14, 00050 Aranova, Roma, Italy

D. James Baker
Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life, 8031 Seminole Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

Malcolm R. Clark
Principal Scientist (Deepwater Fisheries), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand

Heather Mannix, Kristen Yarincik
Census of Marine Life International Secretariat, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington DC, United States of America

Patrick N. Halpin
Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

MerylJWilliams@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors are members of the Census of Marine Life partnership through its Scientific Steering Committee (members and ex-officio members), International Secretariat and projects. The Public Library of Science has also received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to develop a Biodiversity Hub, which will feature some content from the Census of Marine Life.