As Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Buhler supports the research and innovation activities at Michigan State University. His work focuses on the food, environment and international research portfolios of the university.
Buhler is a native of Wisconsin and received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska. He started his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1984 to 1989 and 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 and served in that position from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2010 he was Associate Director of AgBioResearch and Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Buhler served as interim Dean of the CANR from 2011 to 2013 and again in 2016. Most recently he was Director of MSU AgBioResearch from 2013 to 2021 with additional duties as Senior Associate Dean of CANR from 2013 to 2015 and an Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation from 2015 to 2021.
Buhler's professional activities have generated over 330 publications including 130 refereed journal and review articles. Buhler has been an author or editor of three books and presented over 100 invited seminars, symposia, and workshops. He has made presentations or represented MSU in over 20 countries around the world. 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 and is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Buhler serves on numerous boards, including the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (Vice-Chair of the Board), University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation, Center for Food Integrity, and Michigan Crop Improvement Association.