Mesa Specialists

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San Diego Mesa College's faculty and staff have a wide variety of skills and expertise ranging from local politics, ethnomusicology, and American literature to genetics, physics, and behavioral analysis.  Specialists are associated with one or more categories that are either in their field of study or general interest.


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Search Ecology

Name Expertise/Interests Department


Paul Detwiler

Biology, Ecology

Area of Expertise

Marine biology, biology of echinoderms (sea urchins and their allies), Coral reef ecology, Kelp forest ecology, Independent filmmaking

Paul Detwiler is a professor of biology at San Diego Mesa College. His expertise is in marine biology and ecology. He specializes in marine invertebrate zoology (especially the biology of echinoderms) and in the ecology of coral reefs, kelp forests, and rocky intertidal zones. He's also knowledgeable about independent filmmaking.

Role at Mesa

Professor, Biology


  • Master of Science, Marine Ecology, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Genetics, UC Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, UC Berkeley