Director of MSU AgBioResearch and Senior Associate Dean for Research of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Campus
As director and senior associate dean, Buhler is responsible for all research investments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and serves as the administrative leader of MSU AgBioResearch, a group of more than 300 MSU researchers who engage in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources and enhances the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world. The researchers are in seven MSU colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Philosophy, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine. MSU AgBioResearch has a network of 13 research centers across the state and a total annual budget of over $100 million per year.
A native of Wisconsin, Buhler received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska. He was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1984 to 1989 and research scientist for the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service from 1989 to 2000. He then joined Michigan State University as professor and chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, a position he held from 2000 to 2005. From October 2003 to March 2005, he also served as State Leader for Agricultural Programs for Michigan State University Extension. He was Associate Director of the MSU AgBioResearch and Associate Dean for Research for the CANR from 2005 to 2010. Buhler also served as interim CANR Dean from 2011 to 2013.
His professional activities have generated over 330 publications including 130 refereed journal and review articles. Buhler is an author and/or editor of three books and presented 90 invited seminars, symposia and workshops. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Weed Science Society of America, and North Central Weed Science Society. He is also a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.