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 Geography and GIS

Name Expertise/Interests Department
Assistant Professor

Geography and GIS

David Palomino

Travel, Geography and GIS, Oceanography

Area of Expertise

Physical and World Regional Geography, Coastal Processes and Physical Oceanography, Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis, Surfing and competitive open-water swimming, World travel, living abroad, and humanitarian work, Non-profit fundraising and event organizing

David Palomino has extensive knowledge on topics related to Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He holds a Master of Science in both fields from San Diego State University and specializes in physical/world regional geography, coast processes and physical oceanography, and GIS/spatial analysis. Palomino is also an expert in surfing and competitive open-water swimming.

While not in class or in the water, Palomino serves on the Board of Directors for Gigi's Playhouse, an achievement center that focuses on helping people of all ages with Down's Syndrome or with physical or learning disabilities to develop to their full potential. On campus, he is a member of Mesa's Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee.

Role at Mesa

Adjunct Professor, Geography & Geographic Information Systems


  • Master of Science, Geography/Geographic Information Science, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography, California State University at Long Beach
  • Certificate of University-Level German Language, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Social Sciences