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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The specialists list is maintained by the Office of Communications.  For questions, comments or to submit your information to be added as a specialist please contact Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications.  Those individuals whose information is listed have agreed to be contacted by and responsive to media requests.

Search Fencing

Name Expertise/Interests Department


Paul Sykes

Biology, Fencing, Oceanography

Area of Expertise

General Biology, Marine Biology, Oceanography (Marine Zooplankton Adaptations and Bioluminescence), Fencing, Shodan in Judo

Paul Sykes is the chair of the Biology department at San Diego Mesa College. His background includes both basic biology and marine biology. He received his marine biology training at the highly-regarded Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He specializes in biology and oceanography, specifically marine zooplankton adaptations and bioluminescence.

In addition to his scientific expertise, Sykes is the faculty advisor of the Mesa College Fencing Club and teaches fencing. He is also a member of Mesa's Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT).

Role at Mesa

Professor of Biology


  • Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • Master of Science, Biology, CSU Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Art, Biology, College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara




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