Dr. Smeda is a Professor of Weed Science in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. He received a B.S. degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University in 1982, an M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University in 1990. He has been employed as a faculty member in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri since 1996.
His teaching appointment involves instruction of undergraduate and graduate courses in weed science. His research program encompasses: weed biology and management of problem species in agronomic crops as well as non-crop areas (roadside and railroad right-of-way); physiology and mechanism(s) for weed species resistant to herbicides; and management of invasive species in pasture, roadside, and railroad habitats.
Dr. Smeda has recently initiated research regarding the source of dicamba off-target movement and injury to sensitive species such as grapes, pumpkins, and tomatoes. Dr. Smeda has trained 4 Ph.D. students and 23 M.S. students. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers.