About the Authors

Dawn Field

dfield@ceh.ac.uk

Affiliation Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Linda Amaral-Zettler

Affiliation The Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

Guy Cochrane

Affiliation European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Outstation, European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

James R. Cole

Affiliation Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Peter Dawyndt

Affiliation Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

George M. Garrity

Affiliation Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Jack Gilbert

Affiliations Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Frank Oliver Glöckner

Affiliation Microbial Genomics Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Lynette Hirschman

Affiliation Information Technology Center, The MITRE Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ilene Karsch-Mizrachi

Affiliation National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Hans-Peter Klenk

Affiliation DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany

Rob Knight

Affiliation Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

Renzo Kottmann

Affiliation Microbial Genomics Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Nikos Kyrpides

Affiliation DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, California, United States of America

Folker Meyer

Affiliations Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, United States of America, Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Inigo San Gil

Affiliation LTER Network Office, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Affiliation University of Oxford, Oxford e-Research Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom

Lynn M. Schriml

Affiliation Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Peter Sterk

Affiliation Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Tatiana Tatusova

Affiliation National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

David W. Ussery

Affiliation Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, The Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Owen White

Affiliation Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

John Wooley

Affiliation University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.