RaymondKesslerJ. Raymond Kessler

Professer

Horticulture Department

education

Ph.D., The University of Georgia, 1989
M.S., Mississippi State University, 1980
B.S., Auburn University, 1987

Professional experience

Professor — Auburn University, 2008-present
Associate Professor — Auburn University, 2000-2008
Assistant Professor — Auburn University, 1995-2000
Master Grower — Heartland Growers, Inc., 1993-1995
Research Associate — Iowa State University, 1990-1993

Honor and awards

The Ulysses P. Hedrick Award for outstanding journal article, The American Pomological Society, 2016.
The Ulysses P. Hedrick Award for outstanding journal article, The American Pomological Society, 2012.

Research activities

My areas of research include plant growth control of bedding plants and herbaceous perennials in commercial floriculture with an emphasis in greenhouse production.

Extension Activities

Outreach and instruction in support of the commercial greenhouse industry in Alabama.

Courses taught

HORT4250 Intermediate fruit and Vegetable Production
HORT5220/6220 Greenhouse Management Science
HORT4100 Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

Select Publications

  • Li, M., J.R. Kessler, Jr., G.J. Keever, and W.G. Foshee III. 2016. Pinching, daminozide and night-interrupted lighting start date affect growth and flowering of Achillea בCoronation Gold’. J. Environ. Hort. 34(1):13–18.
  • Li, M., J.R. Kessler, Jr., G.J. Keever, and W.G. Foshee, III. 2015. Bulking duration and daminozide affect growth and flowering of Achillea בCoronation Gold’. J. Environ. Hort. 33(2):84-88.
  • Keever, Gary J., J. Raymond Kessler, Jr., Glenn B. Fain, and David C. Mitchell. 2015. Seedling developmental stage at transplanting affects growth and flowering of medallion flower and globe amaranth. J. Environ. Hort. 33(2):53-57.
  • Keever, Gary J., J. Raymond Kessler, Jr., L. Heath Hoffman, and James C. Stephenson. 2015. Dikegulac sodium concentration and application number affects branching of Blackgum and Southern Sugar Maple during container production. J. Environ. Hort. 33(1):15-19.