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. More
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Biology, Fencing, Oceanography
Area of ExpertiseGeneral 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 MesaProfessor of Biology
Geography and GIS
Travel, Geography and GIS, Oceanography
Area of ExpertisePhysical 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 MesaAdjunct Professor, Geography & Geographic Information Systems