- B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
- M.S., California State University, Long Beach
- Ph.D., Scripps Institute of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
Dr. Sykes became a contract faculty member in 1996 and has been the Chair of the Biology Department since the Summer of 2001. He teaches General Biology (Biol-107) and Marine Biology (Biol-115), and has taught a wide variety of courses for the district and other colleges and universities.
His areas of graduate research included the ultrastructure of bioluminescent granules in larvaceans (a marine zooplankter), the feeding biology of marine copepods, and the feeding biology of Antarctic Salps (a gelatinous marine zooplankter). He has 6 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, and has presented papers at local, national, and international meetings.
He presently serves as the Senator at Large for the Academic Senate, is a member of the Mesa College Budget Committee, and is the Faculty Advisor for the Mesa College Fencing Club.
An active member of his community, Dr. Sykes is a uniformed adult leader for his son's Boy Scout Troop, has taught Judo, and is a 3 weapon fencer with Salle MacBean in Murrieta.