ST. GEORGE -- A research team from southern Utah's Dixie State College is studying the relationship between a fungus and frogs in Zion National Park.
The Spectrum of St. George reports that a four-student team and biology professor Curt Walker have climbed into the park's slot canyons to examine the Zion's Canyon Tree Frog.
The team is checking to see if the small, brown creatures have contracted the Chytrid fungus.
The fungus was first detected in the park last year. Scientists say the fungus has been linked to the deaths of nearly one-third of the world's amphibian population.
Students say they've found no evidence of fungus-related frog deaths in Zion.
The research team is studying frog population counts and the chemical makeup of the water in slot canyon pools.