About the Authors

Stefano Allesina


Affiliation National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

Mercedes Pascual

Affiliations Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SA MP. Performed the experiments: SA. Analyzed the data: SA. Wrote the paper: SA MP.