About the Authors

Matthew J. Michalska-Smith

mjsmith@uchicago.edu

Affiliation Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, United States of America 60637

Stefano Allesina

Affiliations Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, United States of America 60637, Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, United States of America 60637, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University, Evanston IL, United States of America 60208

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization: SA MJM. Data curation: SA MJM. Formal analysis: MJM. Funding acquisition: SA MJM. Investigation: MJM. Methodology: SA MJM. Software: SA MJM. Validation: MJM. Visualization: MJM. Writing – original draft: MJM. Writing – review & editing: SA MJM.