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Katharina Bastl
Mag. Dr. Katharina Bastl

Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Position: Research Assistant

T +43 1 40400 33590

Further Information

Research group(s)

Research interests

My research interest lie on the relationship of onset and development of symptoms to environmental factors (e.g. the pollen load), improvement of pollen forecasts for the public and phenology as essential part of pollen monitoring.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

We apply standard light microscopy to determine and count pollen and spores from aerobiological samples. I also have experience in microwear analysis (light microscope), phenological monitoring and forecasting (pollen forecasts).

Selected publications

  1. Bastl, K. et al., 2015. Can we improve pollen season definitions by using the symptom load index in addition to pollen counts? Environmental Pollution, 204, pp.109-116. Available at:
  2. Bastl, K., Kmenta, M. & Berger, U., 2015. Unusually early flowering of alder in Vienna: first report of Alnus'
  3. Kmenta, M. et al., 2015. Pollen information consumption as an indicator of pollen allergy burden. Wien Klin Wochenschr. Available at:
  4. Bastl, K. et al., 2014. Development of a symptom load index: enabling temporal and regional pollen season comparisons and pointing out the need for personalized pollen information. Aerobiologia, 30(3), pp.269-280. Available at:
  5. Kmenta, M. et al., 2013. Development of personal pollen information�the next generation of pollen information and a step forward for hay fever sufferers. International Journal of Biometeorology, 58(8), pp.1721-1726. Available at: