Alexa McKerrow is an ecologist and remote sensing analyst. In 2008 she started her USGS career and now works within the Biogeographic Branch of the Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS) Program developing and analyzing national biodiversity data for terrestrial and aquatic systems.
Alexa McKerrow has a B.S. in Biology from Colorado State University, a Master of Science in Forestry and a Ph.D. in Botany from North Carolina State University. Currently Alexa helps coordinate research and data development related to land cover and species distribution modeling. Specifically Alexa is involved with the National Gap Analysis Project (Terrestrial and Aquatic) and the U.S. National Vegetation Classification.
As a member of the Biogeographic Branch of SAS, Alexa represents the USGS in a variety of collaborative efforts including the Advisory Team for the LANDFIRE Program, the Multi-Resolution Landscape Characterization Consortium, the Federal Geographic Data Committee - Vegetation Subcommittee, Ecological Society of America Panel on Vegetation Classification, as well as the Southeast Regional Committee of the National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy. At North Carolina State University, she serves as adjunct faculty with the Department of Applied Ecology where she gets the opportunity to work with students and other researches on integrating regional and national datasets in landscape and conservation analyses.