Daniel-Wells-headshot-20190919Daniel E. Wells

Associate Professor

Horticulture Department

Degrees Earned

Doctor of Philosophy – Horticulture, Louisiana State University
Master of Science – Horticulture, Auburn University
Bachelor of Science – Horticulture, Auburn University

Professional Experience

Associate Professor – Specialty Crops, Auburn University
2014- 2020
Assistant Professor – Specialty Crops, Auburn University
Postdoctoral Researcher – Landscape Horticulture, LSU AgCenter, Hammond Research Station

Honors and Awards

Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Award
Auburn University President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units
Auburn University Tiger Dining’s Tammy Hollis Partnership Award
Auburn University’s Nominee for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture’s New Innovator Award
Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Project Team Award

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Horticultural Science
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society
Phi Kapa Phi Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Research Activities

My research program focuses on improving controlled environment agriculture in the southeast. Specific topics of interest include plant nutrition in hydroponic and aqauponic systems, temperature optimization in controlled environments, and improved production techniques for greenhouses and indoor farms.

Recent Courses Taught

HORT 2060 – Hydroponics: Principles and Techniques of Soilless Plant Production

HORT 7050 – Nutritional Requirements of Horticultural Plants

HORT 2043 – Organic Gardening

Select Publications 2019

  • Holmes, S.C., Wells, D.E., Pickens, J.M., and J.M. Kemble. 2019. Heat tolerance of Lactuca sativa L. cultivars grown hydroponically and consumer sensory evaluation of heat-tolerant hydroponic lettuce. Horticulturae 5(3). http://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae5030050.
  • Warren, T.J., Wells, D.E., Sibley, J.L., Foshee, III, W.G., Williams, J.D., Browne, C., and J. Burkett. 2019. Pecan cultivar nut and foliar quality in low and high input orchards in Alabama. Intl. J. Fruit Sci. (accepted for publication).
  • Brown, B.W., Sibley J.L., Wells, D.E., Torbert, H.A., Watts, D.B., Foshee, III, W.G., and D.J. Eakes. 2019. Evaluation of flue gas desulfurization gypsum stability in soilless substrates under typical greenhouse irrigation practices. HortTechnology (accepted for publication).
  • Warren, T.J., Wells, D.E., Sibley, J.L., Foshee, III, W.G., and J.D. Williams. 2019. Fatty acids analysis of selected pecan cultivars. HortScience (accepted for publication).
  • Polozola, M.F., Wells, D.E., Kessler, J.R., Foshee, W.G., Wright, A.N., and B. Wilkins. 2019. Long-term response to phosphorus banding in irrigated and non-irrigated pecan production. HortScience 54:1237-1242 https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI13662-18.

Select Publications 2018

  • Bock, C.H., Hotchkiss, M.W., Shapiro-Ilan, D.I., Brock, J.H., Brenneman, T.B., Wilkins, B., Wells, D.E., Wells, L., and R.F. Mizell. 2018. A comparison of organic fungicides: alternatives for reducing scab on pecan. Org. Agr. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13165-018-0229-7.
  • Hand, L.C., Foshee III, W.G., Monday, T.A., Wells, D.E., and D.P. Delaney. 2018. Preemergence herbicides applied pre- and post-crimp in a rye cover crop system for control of escape weeds in watermelon. HortTechnology 28:117-120.
  • Paul, C.J., Robinson, C.W., Kessler, J.R., Wells, D.E., Sibley, J.L., Torbert, H.A., and D.B Watts. 2018. Evaluation of flue-gas desulfurization gypsum in poultry litter as a substrate component for greenhouse horticultural crops. Agricultural Research & Technology Open Access J. 13(3):1-12. https://doi.org/10.19080/ARTOAJ.2018.13.555886.

Select Publications 2017

  • Wells, D.E., Beasley, J.S., Bush, E.W. and L.A. Gaston. 2017. Poultry litter ash rate and placement affect phosphorus dissolution in a horticultural substrate. J. Environ. Hort. 35(3):117-127.
  • Wells, D.E., Beasley, J.S., Gaston, L.A., Bush, E.W and M.E. Thiessen. 2017. Reduction of phosphorus losses during greenhouse crop production through usage of poultry litter ash as a phosphorus source. HortScience 52:592-597.