AgBioResearch associate director Buhler to serve as interim CANR dean

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MSU AgBioResearch, Doug BuhlerDouglas Buhler, associate dean of the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), has been selected to serve as interim dean of the college.

Buhler, a professor of crop and soil sciences and associate director of MSU AgBioResearch (formerly the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station), assumed the interim dean post Feb. 1 and will continue in that position until a permanent dean is identified through a national search. Buhler succeeds Jeffrey Armstrong, who was recently named president of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

“Professor Buhler combines a strong academic record with a deep understanding of the college, its traditions and its aspirations,” said MSU Provost Kim Wilcox. “I look forward to working with him in the coming months as the college continues to move forward and thank Dean Armstrong for his many years of leadership in CANR.”

Buhler came to MSU in 2000, when he was appointed professor and chairperson of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, a position he held until 2005. He has served as CANR associate dean for research, as well as associate director of AgBioResearch, since 2005.

He also has served as director of Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs), a cooperative effort with AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to advance Michigan’s economy through its plant-based agriculture.

Before coming to MSU, Buhler conducted research for the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before that, he was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

Buhler’s research and outreach activities focus on the ecology of weedy plant species in agricultural systems. His research results are being used to develop and implement improved weed management systems and have resulted in more than 330 publications.

Buhler received his doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.     

Photo: MSU AgBioResearch, Doug Buhler

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