Alexander "Sandy" Smart has taught and conducted research in rangeland ecology at South Dakota State University since 2001. He specializes in studying grazing systems, prescribed fire, interseeding grasses and legumes, and climate variability on grasslands of South Dakota. Smart has a bachelor's degree in soil science and a master's degree in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in range management from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln.
Ph.D. in Agronomy with emphasis in Range Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001
M.S. in Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
B.S. in Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989