Ph.D. Zoology, University of Georgia
M.S. Zoology, University of Vermont
B.S. Biology, University of Maine, Orono

Courses I Teach:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Senior Seminar


Areas of Research Interest:

Fish physiology and ecology

Recent Publications:

Facey, D. E., J. E. Marsden, T. B. Mihuc, and E. A. Howe. 2012. Lake Champlain 2010: a summary of recent research and monitoring initiatives.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 38: 1-5.

Marsden, J. E., D. E. Facey, E. A. Howe, and T. B. Mihuc. (special editors) 2012.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 38, Supplement 1: Lake Champlain in 2010.

White, J. D., and D. E. Facey. 2009. Diet overlap between native yellow perch (Perca flavescens) and invasive white perch (Morone americana) in Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain, Vermont. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie 30(8): 1189-1192.

Haynes, T. B., E. Phillips-Mentzos, and D. E. Facey. 2009. A Comparison of the Hyposaline Tolerance of Black Prickleback (Xiphister atropurpureus) and Penpoint Gunnel (Apodichthys flavidus). Northwest Science 83(4): 361- 366.

Helfman, G. S., B. B. Collette, D. E. Facey, and B. W. Bowen.  2009.  The Diversity of Fishes, 2nd edition: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology.  Wiley-Blackwell.  (I wrote and revised three chapters on fish physiology for this second edition of an ichthyology textbook.)


Recent Student Research Supervised:

Diet Selectivity of White Perch (Morone americana) in Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain. Alex Miller. 2009-10.

Diet overlap between native yellow perch and invasive white perch in Lake Champlain.  Jeff White. 2006, 2007.

Diets of common fishes of Missisquoi Bay.  Ann Gulka and Leilani Courtney. 2005.

Recent News

Doug Facey, biology professor emeritus, was a Zoom presenter for the North Branch Nature Center on October 28 for a virtual program titled “Fishes of Vermont: Confessions of an Ichthyologist with Doug Facey – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series.”
(posted February 2021)

Kristyn Achilich, director of the Center for the Environment/instructor of environmental studies & sciences, along with Karen Talentino, director of the health science program/professor of biology, and Doug Facey, professor of biology, all contributed to Saint Michael’s virtual observance of The 50th Annual Earth Day on April 22. Though many earlier plans for the occasion calling for in-person activities had to be canceled because of the pandemic. The three shared stories with students and colleagues from their personal “first Earth Days” remotely through technology. Karen participated in the first ever while in college, Doug shared his circa 1990 Earth Day shirt with the Sustainability Committee; and Kristin noted how her Earth Day in 2001 came with an earthquake in Vermont.
(posted June 2020)

Doug Facey, a veteran biology professor at Saint Michael’s and fish specialist, agreed to make the 90-minute snowy drive over to Lowell in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on January 8 prior to resumption of St. Mike’s spring semester classes so he could meet and talk with students at Lowell Graded School there  about fish hatcheries and brook-stocking controversies. The students in middle school science classes watched a documentary about fish hatcheries and became fascinated by the topic. To encourage their interest, their teacher sought the help of Joe Mark, who runs the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s “Trout in the Classroom” program in finding a biologist to answer the many student questions. Mark reached out to biology faculties at Vermont colleges and universities, and was pleased when Doug made himself available.
(posted February 2020)

Doug Facey, professor of biology, this fall had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, scheduled for print later in the winter of 2012. The title is “Lake Champlain 2010: a summary of recent research and monitoring initiatives.” Doug is the primary (first) author – his co-authors are Ellen Marsden (UVM), Tim Mihuc (SUNY- Plattsburgh), and Eric Howe (Lake Champlain Basin Program). The paper will be the introductory paper to a special issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research that will focus exclusively on Lake Champlain. The four of us (authors of this paper) are all also co-editors of this special issue of the journal.