Tim Spann, formerly with the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, will begin conducting pistachio research at California State University, Fresno, beginning in August.
Spann currently is research project manager for the California Avocado Commission, according to a news release.
A $1.5 million pledge from the Fresno-based California Pistachio Research Board in 2013 created the Rodger B. Jensen Endowed Professorship in Pistachio Physiology and Pomology.
Spann will be the first to hold the chair.
The position will focus on applied research into pistachio physiology and teaching courses in pomology.
Spann holds a doctor's degree in plant biology from the University of California, Davis, and master's and bachelor's degrees in horticulture from the University of Florida.
His doctoral research focused on the architectural development of pistachio tree canopies.