A University of Newcastle researcher who is working to save an endangered frog from a deadly fungus, is a finalist in the 2008 Eureka Prizes People's Choice Award.
PhD student Michelle Stockwell has found a potential way of controlling the deadly chytrid fungus in the green and golden bell frog. Chytrid fungus has been held responsible for the decline or extinction of up to 200 frog species, which is the largest loss of biodiversity in recent history.
Ms Stockwell said the green and golden bell frog was highly susceptible to the fungus, which attacks the skin of adult frogs causing disease. The frog becomes sick, unable to eat or move and dies within a few days.
"I've found by manipulating the salt concentrations in water bodies where the green and golden bell frogs live, fungal infections could be prevented and the frog population could be saved.
"Eventually we may even be able to reintroduce other frog species back into areas from which they have disappeared."
For more information and to vote for Michelle Stockwell, visit www.amonline.net.au/eureka/go/vote
Voting closes midnight 17 August. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 19 August 2008.
Note: Michelle Stockwell is available 1pm - 2pm today and before 2pm every day this week.