About the Authors

Donovan H. Parks

Affiliations Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Timothy Mankowski

Affiliation Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Somayyeh Zangooei

Affiliation Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Michael S. Porter

Affiliation Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

David G. Armanini

Affiliations Prothea srl, Milan, Italy, Environment Canada @ Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada

Donald J. Baird

Affiliation Environment Canada @ Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada

Morgan G. I. Langille

Affiliation Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Robert G. Beiko

beiko@cs.dal.ca

Affiliation Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Competing Interests

The authors have read the journal’s policy and have the following conflicts: Armanini is Managing Director at Prothea srl, Milan, Italy. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DHP DGA DJB MGIL RGB. Performed the experiments: DHP MGIL RGB. Analyzed the data: DHP DGA DJB MGIL RGB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DHP TM SZ MSP MGIL RGB. Wrote the paper: DHP DGA DJB MGIL RGB.