Dr. Tim Spann, research program director for the California Avocado Commission (CAC), and Dan Pinkerton, California avocado grower, were recently appointed to the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC). The Committee assists the Invasive Species Council of California in addressing invasive species prevention, control and eradication.
Dr. Spann holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis, as well as a M.S. and B.S., with honors, in Horticulture. He has served as an Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Florida, held the Rodger B. Jensen Endowed Professorship in Pistachio Physiology and Pomology at California State University and is the current Research Program Director for CAC. Dr. Spann is also a past President and Vice President for the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America. He is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science and the International Society for Horticultural Science.
Dan Pinkerton is a California avocado grower and partner in GP Strata Holdings, LP, producers of avocados and lemons. Dan is a third generation Santa Paula, California resident, a Vietnam veteran and a retired Captain (and helicopter pilot) for the U.S. Naval Reserve Force. Dan earned his B.S. at the University of Southern California. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Middle Road Mutual Water Company and the Farmer’s Irrigation Company. He has been an active member of a wide range of community and agricultural organizations, including the United Water Conservation District, Fruit Growers Lab, Ventura County Farm Bureau, Ventura County Agricultural Advisory Committee, the California Agricultural Leadership Associates and CAC’s Good Agricultural Practices Committee.
Both of the newly elected Committee members will utilize their experience and expertise to address the effects invasive species have on California’s agricultural, human health and government services sectors.