Mag. Katharina Stefke


scientific employee


  • sorting out owl pellets
  • identifying and organizing specimens
  • library


  • Since 2007 Assistance of the Mammal Collection at the Natural History Museum  Vienna
  • 2001 - 2010  Academic studies on biology and zoology at the University of Vienna
  • 2008-2010 Diploma thesis: Non invasive monitoring of corticosterone metabolites in faeses of japanese quail and chicken. At the Konrad Lorenz Research Station in cooperation with the institute of biochemistry at the Vet. Med. University of Vienna
  • September 2009: Summer School at the IZW in Berlin on "Non invasive monitoring of hormones"
  • 2010-2012: Hairanalysis on wildcats for the National Park Thayatal
  • Summer 2010 & 2011: Project on dispersal, habitat selection, population density and ecology of Microtus bavaricus for the conservation bureau of Tyrol, in cooperation with Simon Engelberger
  • 2011: On request volunteer of the Central Europe Poject  "European Lakes Under Environmental Stressors" working on verification of Microtus oeconomus. Project executing organisation: Austrian Conservation Association, Burgenland; Agent Dr. B. Herzig
  • 2014 to 2015 & 2017: Ground suirrel mapping for Vienna on behalf of MA 22.

A. Corduneanu, K. Hrazdilová, A. D. Sándor, I. A. Matei, A. M. Ionica, L. Barti, M.-A. Ciocanau, D. S. Mantoiu, I. Coroiu, S. Hornok, H.-P. Führer, N. Leitner, Z. Bago, K. Stefke, D. Modrý & A. D. Mihalca (2017): Babesia vesperuginis, a neglected piroplasmid: new host and geographical records, and phylogenetic relations, Parasites & Vectors, 10: 598.
B. Herzig, K. Spreitzer & H.-M. Berg (2017): Kurt Bauer 1926-2016, Annalen des naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B, 119, 5-6.

Johan B. M. Thissen, Dick L. Bekker, Katharina Spreitzer & Barbara Herzig-Straschil (2015): The distribution of the Pannonic root vole (Microtus oeconomus mehelyi Ehik, 1928) in Austria, Lutra, Volume 58 - Number 1, 3-22-.

Hirschenhauser K., Spreitzer K., Kotrschal K., Lepschy M. & Möstl E. (2012): Excreted corticosterone metabolites differ between two galliform species, japanese quail and chicken, between sexes and between urine and faecal parts of dropping, Journal of Ornithology, 153: 1179-1188.
Spreitzer K., Hirschenhauser K., Kotrschal K., Lepschy M. & Möstl E. (2009): Non invasive monitoring of stress hormones from droppings: a comparative analytical study in galliforms, 7th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife, 183 (Abstract).


  • 7th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife, 21.-24.09.2009 Berlin
  • ISAE - International Society for Applied Ethology, 25.09.2009 Vienna
  • KLF Anniversary Symposium, 24./25.09.2010 Vienna


  • ethology
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • conservation biology
  • taxonomy